An excellent example of a timber framed house designed to take full advantage of stunning views.
The light-filled top floor contains a height giving vaulted roof in the living room and kitchen. All of which open out onto an oak timber frame balcony that looks across the valley. The frame uses an arch base truss, Seagull House style. The inspiration grew from a combination of visiting other timber frame houses and harnessing the views from the site. The timeless oak frame compliments the reclaimed materials used in the rest of the building, such as the granite used for the ground level cavity walls and the Delabole slate roof. The overall effect allows the building to blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings.
Building on a slope can be an advantage because it encourages upside down living. This allows the upstairs living space to be light filled and easily accessible. On this project, the ground floor is partially cut into the hillside, constructed using insulated cavity walls of blockwork clad in reclaimed granite. The timber frame sits on top of the ground floor providing open plan living carefully divided with the clever frame design.
If you have a sloping site or are interested in one, then post and beam construction is particularly accommodating to this, and we have years of experience in working with vertically challenging spaces. For a great introduction to building on a slope, you can read further here.