Tom Jubb, from our Cornwall yard collaborated on the design with Sue and Jane for a five-bay structure that would provide open but separate spaces. From the open-sided car-port, through to a bedroom with ensuite shower, a kitchen-dining-living area and a half-bay veranda to enjoy the views across the rolling hills towards Fowey.
Time on site was kept to a minimum thanks to a number of processes being manufactured off-site. The oak frame was made by the team in our workshops near St Ives. The cassettes for the curved roof and the walls were also assembled off-site, insulated with wood fibre.
The frame and cassettes were erected in five days, with all the corrugated sheets on the following week.
On the exterior of the cabin, encapsulation is a mixture of vertical larch cladding and corrugated iron, with the direct glazing, doors and windows supplied by Rationel. The finished structure is super-insulated, with one small heater in the living room and a towel rail in the bathroom, both seldom needed.
The cabin, with one double bedroom and ensuite shower room is a perfect addition to the three-bedroom cottage. It is ideal for additional visitors wanting their own space and also for the less mobile with no stairs to contend with.
The open plan cabin provides a good space for gathering and relaxing and the west-facing deck at the end has proved the perfect place for early evening aperitifs to catch the last rays of the setting sun, overlooking the orchard and fields beyond.