Top tips on building your bespoke oak-frame home from Welsh Oak Frame’s General Manager Mark Jones

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Many people dream of building their own property and creating a beautiful house that
is perfectly tailored to their needs, and the expert team at Welsh Oak Frame has more
than 20 years’ experience of working with customers to help them create their perfect
oak-frame home.

As well as helping hundreds of customers design and build their own bespoke, oak-frame house, many members of Welsh Oak Frame’s team have embarked on their own self-builds, so when you work with Welsh Oak Frame, not only will you benefit from their extensive professional expertise, but also their many and varied personal experiences.

Welsh Oak Frame’s General manager Mark Jones, who is currently in the process of building his own dream, oak-frame home with his wife, shares his advice on some of the things self-builders should consider:

Find and purchase the plot of land you intend to build on before designing your home. While you may have a set idea of the style you’d like, the individual site will often dictate certain elements as will the local planning department.
Make sure you’ve done your sums and know how you will fund your project, especially if things go over budget, which they can have a tendency to do. If you are selling your existing home to help finance your self-build, know where you are going to live while your project progresses.

Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder so if you intend to sell your property some time in the future, it is worth being mindful of anything that might put off
potential buyers. However, if (like us) you’re planning for this to be your home for life, then it makes sense to make it as personal as you like and really ensure it has everything you want.
While it’s not a good idea to make major alterations to your original plans mid build, don’t be afraid to make small changes and modify them along the way to make sure your home works exactly as you’d like it to.
As well as the aesthetic design of your house, make sure you also take into account
how you want it to function. For many people, myself included, making sure the property is as low maintenance as possible is very important. The thermal efficiency and air tightness of the house played a big part in our design and we were also keen to incorporate large, open spaces rather than small, awkwardly shaped areas that would be more difficult to clean.
The self-build journey can at times make you feel as though you’re on an emotional rollercoaster as you experience various highs and lows – this is entirely normal and something most people will experience!

Welsh Oak Frame designs luxury, bespoke, oak frames for new-build homes. For a full management service that will take your project to completion with a truly bespoke package, contact Welsh Oak Frame on 01686 688 000 or visit
For further information on oak frame building, contact 01686 688000, email or visit
Welsh Oak Frame has won the prestigious Best Use of Oak Frame award in the Build It awards.
Welsh Oak Frame specialises in designing and building oak frames for self-build homes and has over 20 years’ experience.
Each design is bespoke and exclusively designed and handcrafted in the UK.
Welsh Oak Frame uses ‘QP1’ grade oak from carefully managed European woodlands, has been endorsed by BM TRADA and is a partner of the Wildlife Trust.
Available exclusively from Welsh Oak Frame, the WOF Eco-Wall 1 system is a highly-efficient, super insulated alternative to SIPs.
Welsh Oak Frame is based in Caersws in Wales and commissions projects across the UK.
Its sister company Arboreta, designs and builds oak frame extensions, garden rooms, orangeries, annexes and outbuildings. For press enquiries for Arboreta please use the contact details below.

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