Allies Farm

Award Winning Timber Framed Farmhouse

Location: Essex

Features: Sustainable timber family home. Low level building to complement existing structures and surrounding landscape. A combination of traditional and modern building techniques.

Requirements: A need to complement the Existing WWII USAF Nissan Huts. Thermal efficiency was a priority.

Award: Best timber frame house and best interiors in The Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Award Winners 2012.

A unique and inspiring blend of materials create an exclusive family farmhouse

A predominantly Douglas fir frame using traditional mortise and tenon techniques combined with steel tension rods and fixing nodes.

Exciting design drawing on traditional and modern techniques

James and Claudia Gray decided to embark on a self build journey to create a farmhouse, office and home as a base from which to farm their surrounding agricultural land. James’ family home had been a timber framed farmhouse, so their hearts were set on using this most grounded and majestic of building materials.

The project site sits among Nissan huts originating from a Second World War USAF airbase in East Anglia. The brief was to complement the unique surroundings and landscape by means of a low level, sustainable, timber family home.

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