Key facts

Developer: Briercliffe

Days in the yard: 6.5 weeks

Days on site: 1.5 weeks

Total frame cost: £83,200

timber framed house Hampshire

Oak framed house in Hampshire

Project profile

This oak framed house in Hampshire was built for leading Winchester property developers Briercliffe Developments. The building has the appearance of an externally exposed frame, but constructed in a way that keeps the building envelope intact – important for meeting today’s demanding building regulations.

Briercliffe Developments wanted to create a building with the appearance of an exposed oak frame – very much in the style of the traditional English cottage. However, this runs counter to the demands of Building Regulations 2006 (particularly Part L – Conservation of Fuel and Power) related to air leakage. Although air leakage is a relatively new construction issue, it is an increasingly important one.

With that in mind, Briercliffe Developments were keen to use a continuous external envelope, rather than use an infill system between the frame members. Carpenter Oak & Woodland’s solution was not to expose the oak frame externally, but to emulate the effect of having done so by using cover boards – giving the same visual effect, but within current building regulations.

The thatched roof of this oak framed house in Hampshire adds a great deal to the building’s overall character, and required that the pitch of the roof be steeper than is usual in modern building projects.

With a large kitchen diner, an abundance of glazing and of course an oak frame means this cottage has all the charm and character of a modern Tudor style cottage.