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Built as the replacement of a modest existing cottage, this waterside property and boathouse make full use of the sloping topography. The accommodation is arranged over three floor levels to capture the stunning waterside views from every room. The use of natural materials; stone, slate and oak gives the building an organic and non pretentious style harmonious with the sensitive setting.
Carpenter Oak enjoyed working on the boathouse in this stunning location, sitting amidst the banks of the estuary. Carpenter Oak also supplied and fitted the roof trusses to the main house. The design and frame within the home and the boathouse focus on attention to detail.
The muted interior of the house is complimented by the warmth of the oak frame. Strong lines of the frame are mirrored in the furniture and floor design. Oak coving separates the white wood panelled ceiling from the smooth cool walls. A stunning and ever-changing view of the estuary is framed by the gable end. This light filled space has been cleverly designed to offer contemporary comfort whilst sustaining a home environment.
The tonal theme offers a mix of warm textures and cool surfaces. Wood panelling behind the bathroom sink compliments the oak frame. Stone floors echoe this warmth whilst retaining a light finish. A playful porthole window alludes to a coastal theme.
An integral aspect of the design involved attaching the oak frame to the building without compromising the weatherproofing and envelope of the building. Bespoke steelwork was designed and engineered to allow the timber to go through the building.
"The new boathouse connects the property directly to the waterfront providing both a functional and attractive facility from which to enjoy this superb stretch of water and the activities for which it is renowned." Chris Cunningham, Architect, Harrison Sutton
The boat house boasts an arch brace frame that travels through the building and outside to the balcony area. The gable end visually appears to penetrate the front of the boathouse, once again this was cleverly engineered so as not to compromise the envelope of the building.
Carpenter Oak engineered and made the SIP’s panels in house. Internally the braces are left exposed, visible against the boarding of the walls. A mixture of painted and exposed timber surfaces and textures gives a natural environment without feeling overly woody. A pallet of soft teal and warm wood echoes the water of the estuary and the yawls floating upon it.