Combining traditional design with a modern touch
Marcia was very clear on her ideas having undertaken much research into the aesthetic feel she was looking to achieve in her design. “Carpenter Oak and Fleming Homes worked closely to include all of Marcia’s requests,” said Fleming Homes’ Richard Simmonds “The house has a number of interesting features that challenged the interface between the hardwood oak members and softwood timber frame. It was a truly collaborative approach that enabled us to create this stunning property”. The two systems worked in tandem; the oak delivering the structural integrity and design features of the property and the timber frame ensuring its thermal performance.
The three bedroomed property has all the accommodation on the ground floor. The vaulted ceilings in the main rooms display the stunning oak frame structure.
Marcia’s oak frame is distinct in its design. The single-story property is built across multiple levels with a relatively shallow pitched roof, aspects which are accounted for in the frame design.
The entrance is framed with an open porch with curved tie beams and gunstock jowl posts.
On entering the home you are greeted with a spacious hallway with a staircase leading up to a mezzanine walkway supported by the oak frame.
The drawing room showcases a sling brace that arches across the room and a glazed truncated truss around the chimney breast. A curved minstrels gallery, supported by the oak frame, complete with wrought iron balustrading offers a secluded, elevated position.
The frame accommodates the change in level between the kitchen and garden room. To achieve this design the roof drops in height and is supported by a straight sling brace frame with passing principle rafters which form an attractive cross.
Hips landing on dragon tie assemblies are an attractive feature of the master bedroom. An irregular hip in the hip end pitch is shallower than the main roof to elongate the space in the master bedroom.
Marcia chose to decorate in neutral tones on the walls with pale limestone flooring throughout.
A home that’s economical to run
The timber frame wrap designed and manufactured by Fleming Homes included factory fitted insulation delivering high thermal efficiency. This combined with the latest renewable energy solutions makes the house economical to run. Underfloor heating powered by an air source heat pump used in conjunction with a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system regulates the temperature throughout the home. Photovoltaic panels supply electricity to the house and return an income through the Renewable Heat Incentive for the air source heat pump.