An impressive structure of huge proportions
The layout includes two linear elements: a single storey public space and a one and a half storey family space, linked via two walkways, which in turn form a central courtyard, affording both shelter from the strong winds and a safe haven for children.
The tower is a unique feature which gives the family a 360 degree panoramic view over their East Anglia farmland. The main frame structure was made from Douglas fir (sourced from the New Forest) which was partially kiln dried to prevent unsightly mould staining of the sapwood.
Oak, Softwood and Larch were also used. Traditional mortise and tenon jointing were combined with the more contemporary use of steel tension rods and fixing nodes, which were fabricated locally (for us!) in Dartmouth by Hercules.
Characterised with timber cladding and a striking ribbed steel roof with a raised seam, this is a unique home in a location bathed in history.
Thermal efficiency was a high priority in the design.
Using optimum glazing orientation, roof overhanging and specific flooring, means that even with natural ventilation this home will be close to the desired ‘Passiv Haus’ standard. A ground source heat pump, solar light, and solar thermal panels were installed to heat the house.
Throughout the construction of the frame in Devon, we liaised with architect Cameron Scott. Cameron was once a carpenter at this yard, and has a good knowledge of the practical side of construction as well as being skilful with design.
This exciting design has won 2 awards best timber frame house and best interiors in The Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Award Winners 2012 and featured in Homebuilding & Renovating Magazine in 2012 – read the article here.