Top Tips for Planning your Oak Extension

Thinking about extending your home with an Oak extension? There are many points to consider when undertaking a home improvement project. Below is a basic guide to help you start designing the perfect space.

Oak Framed Extension Top Tips

Planning Permission

It can sometimes be difficult to understand exactly what a planning authority requires. With 30 years’ + experience, our in-house planning team can undertake this element for you so rest assured you’re in safe hands.

When planning an Oak Annexe, Oak Garden Room or Oak Garage for instance, it’s important to identify the limitations of your current space and the opportunities of the new space. Often clients oversize their extension. Planning out the room beforehand helps to achieve a more realistic design fulfilling requirements and reducing wasted space.

Our design consultations are free and no obligation, providing you with the opportunity to obtain expert advice from our Oak Framed Buildings design team. It’s a good idea to have a brief ready for your consultation even if it’s just a basic concept of the desired use for the room. This will give your designer a perfect starting point.

Don’t forget to take into consideration the existing space when adding an extension. Reconfiguring adjoining rooms may be required to make the most of both spaces.

Internal design plans often help with external design decisions. Glazing on all external elevations is often desirable but don’t forget the importance of walls. You might want to have a television on the wall, cupboards, or the back of a sofa against it.


External Design

Oak is a beautiful material to work with and unlike most other materials it lends itself to both contemporary and traditional extensions. For either option it’s just as important to be considerate to the existing home.

If the desired look is to harmonise rather than create a bold statement, matching roof tiles and brickwork can help blend a project seamlessly. If you struggle to match the traditional character exactly then don’t worry, a contemporary contrast can be an honest and flattering solution too.

Sometimes design decisions can be taken out of your hands and planning authorities have rules you need to adhere to. Oak is often a preferred material choice for properties with restrictions e.g listed buildings, as it offers traditional construction methods and ages gracefully providing a timeless classic extension.

  • Oak framed thatched house extension
  • Oak framed mansard orangery with matching roof tiles

Internal Design

A perk of single storey extensions such as Oak Annexes, Oak Orangeries, Oak Conservatories are the opportunity to have high ceilings and bringing a sense of extra space to the room. A vaulted ceiling Oak Garden Room with exposed Oak rafters and feature trusses instantly fills the room with character.

Opting for an Oak Mansard Orangery that features exposed rafters and a roof lantern makes for a stunning design statement. Embellished with a chandelier to create a classy and elegant extension.

A roof lantern is a great choice to complete glazing options, maintaining an ambient temperature in your extension without compromising on the brightness of the room.

Adding the Final Touches to your Oak Framed Extension Project ...

Choosing a complementary or contrasting style internally is just as important as the exterior. The interior decoration and furnishing of your Oak extension plays a significant role in the final style of the space, the connection from the existing home and how you feel within the space.

Using neutral tones and classic lines creates an airy contemporary style; whilst on the other hand, adding splashes of bold colours can add structure, depth and a touch of fun to the room. Both can work wonders in spaces of all sizes and beautifully complement the surrounding Oak frame structure.

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