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Key facts

Style: Rustic seaside cottage

Number of bedrooms: Three

Oak frame: £74,400

Total build cost: £30,000

oak framed house in oxfordshire

A seaside cottage in Cornwall


Project profile

Mr and Mrs Nash were past clients of ours after we built an oak framed extension for their primary residence in Oxfordshire. Their next build, however, was a little bigger…a holiday home in the fishing village of Padstow, Cornwall.

The owners were lucky enough to find a small plot in this highly desirable area which had an existing 1960’s bungalow on it. The existing bungalow was then demolished to make way for the Nash’s seaside retreat.

The aim of the seaside cottage, Baltimore, was for it to be a modern, rustic, contemporary cottage. Sounds like a tall order to mix contemporary and rustic with a seaside theme but as you can see from the pictures that is exactly what the Nash’s got – a stunning seaside property that just makes you smile as soon as you walk in.

As we mentioned, Baltimore is situated on a small plot so there was a lot to fit into a 150 metre squared build. Along with three bedrooms this part single storey, part double storey home has a kitchen-dining-living area, pantry, study and a communal viewing platform with those all important seaside views. The style of the house is like it’s out of a magazine – the personal touches, vintage furniture, rustic wood burner and the most incredible pantry we have ever seen with reclaimed cheese boards and scaffolding poles to create shelving!

Baltimore cottage was finished late 2016 and has become the perfect seaside retreat.

About the frame

The reason the Nash’s decided to have a green oak frame is twofold; they just love the look of the oak frame which worked so perfectly in their oak framed extension of their Oxfordshire home. Secondly, they love how a frame is raised and that once the frame is up you can really see progress and what the house and space will look like.

As for the frame, in the single storey section there are queen and king post roof frames supported on columns. In the two storey section there are raised collar A frames supported on posts, and with an intermediate floor beam. The owners wanted nice simple framing for their seaside cottage and that’s exactly what they got and it works just perfectly.

Lastly, the Nash’s decided to go for an un-cleaned frame – which is has to be said is rather unusual (normally our frames are sandblasted) however the effect works so well in the home and with the interior styling.


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