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Architect: HAP Chartered Architects

Location: Oxfordshire

Oak frame: £43,600

Thatched cottage in Oxfordshire

Oak framed thatched cottage in Oxfordshire


Project profile

This oak framed thatched cottage in Oxfordshire might look like an historic build but it’s actually new – it combines all the character of a period build with twenty first century technology.

The clients of this oak framed thatched cottage in Oxfordshire knocked down the existing dilapidated cottage and with the help of Hap Architects, created this stunning oak framed property. This build also appeared on ‘My flatpack home’ with Amanda Lamb. You can view the programme on youtube.

What’s different about this property is that the owners decided to use SIPS (Structural Insulated Panels) for the building envelope. SIPS are prefabricated in a factory and include the insulation so it’s a convenient option.

Oak frames do lend themselves to SIPS however the structural panel isn’t required as, of course, the oak frame provides the structural support. SIPS also ensure the property is wind and weather tight. Another benefit of SIPS is the finish – a whole range of finishes can be applied to them from timber cladding to lime rendering making SIPS a suitable option.

The frame has a different ridge height, much like the former dilapidated cottage, queen post trusses with a sling brace gable and jowl posts making the design very traditional.


This stunning thatched oak framed cottage has three bedrooms, a family bathroom, living room and an open plan kitchen breakfast room. The owners of this property have managed to create something with a huge amount of charm and character while having a contemporary slant on the interior. 

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