Dramatic design remains true to its practical approach
This contemporary oak frame was utilised adeptly and intentionally kept to a minimum, with no diagonal bracing, bottom plates, joists or top plates. Instead, the frame sits inside a SIPs shell, with the oak frame inboard of the walls rising up to support the roof. The three main cross frames are the main feature of the home, with the main posts slanting inwards to create large ‘A’ frames. Dramatically ending two feet above the finished floor, the posts then land on large stainless steel feet which continue at an angle into the floor.
Traditional mortise and tenon joints are sparsely found in this home, instead replaced by stainless steel flitch plates, which are then bolted to the adjoining timbers leaving aesthetically pleasing ‘pig nut’ heads exposed.
The Carpenter Oak built staircase uses laminated kiln dried oak and stainless steel. One side of the stair is hung from the floor above, increasing the usable space downstairs and giving the stairs an impression of lightness.
Externally a covered porch area has been created through the natural overhang of the roof which is supported by a large cylindrical column on a steel pin.
Visitors experience a dramatic and exciting interior space within a simple, no-nonsense building that encourages one to look and investigate its construction further. It is a perfect marriage of old and new, hi-tech and low-tech, a vision of a building that looks to the future but does not forget its past.
Orchard House showcases other materials such as steel and glass, whilst creating a home sophisticated in its energy usage, heating and insulation.
Throughout the build our clients wrote an honest account of their project in a blog which invites you to view the progress of the build including build photos, plans. Alongside a budget giving projected and actual costs; this is a valuable resource that would be vital to anyone taking on a similar project.
Orchard House also features in 3 short consecutive articles in Devon Life Magazine.