Project Profile

Location: Argyll

Frame: Cruck

Timber: Oak with stainless steel fixtures

Architect: Andy McAvoy


Contemporary cruck oak-framed house

Well known for its appearance on Channel 4 Grand Designs this contemporary oak framed house with views over the Isle of Aran blends a modern interpretation of a cruck frame with stainless steel fixtures.


Tony and Jo Moffet, both musicians with the Scottish Opera, found this idyllic location with amazing views on the edges of the Clyde in Argyll and Bute. This rather legendary Grand Design (it is one of Kevin’s top 20 most favourite Grand Designs of all time!) oak framed house was described by Kevin McCloud as ‘beautiful’ and ‘romantic’. The owners of this Grand Designs cruck oak house wanted to imitate the look of a Nordic Longhouse and for it to look as if it was bursting out of a hill. This three bedroom oak framed house has sea views, a vaulted ceiling and an intimate living area.


The Frame

The design makes extensive use of heavy green oak cruck cross frames but unusually these are supported on substantial stainless steel shoes and instead of oak pegs, stainless steel pins have been used to provide an additional twist. The frame was erected on site in a week and a half.


Have a look through the rest of our gallery to see more pictures oak framed houses or check out our pinterest page for inspiration.