The barn room gives way to a full height vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and rafters of oak.
The large, hand stencilled, open fireplace is framed by the huge, iconic arched braces. Large roof lights allow light to pool into the room below. A mezzanine sits above the fireplace, reached by a ladder. This vast space feels cosy and lived in thanks to the character of the oak, the organic shapes, varying textures and warmth of the wood.
The Douglas fir studio has been painted white to provide extra light. Utilising the vaulted roof space a bedroom is housed on the mezzanine above. Playful design is evident in the lines created by the floors and beams and the addition of a secret door.
Extended by means of a Douglas fir conservatory the modest sitting room and living space have been combined. From within the glazed walls outdoors can be appreciated at any time of year with comfort provided through underfloor heating.
Seagull House was literally the template for what must be now at least several hundred successful oak frame house projects – and the beginning of a resurgence in traditional timber framed buildings.
As well as being Roderick’s family home, it was also the showroom and design space that clients could meet with Roderick, to inspire and start the process of their own personal build adventure.