Features: Timber engineering, structurally insulated panel (SIPs).
Requirements: Two family homes on a single plot. Mixed level living. Energy efficient.
Awards: Best Oak Frame Home, Build It Awards 2015.
Innovative energy efficient homes which combine the oak frame with Structural Insulated Panels to provide structural integrity.
With a clear objective from the start, David and Jennifer purchased a two-acre plot. Large enough to accommodate two family homes with substantial screening between the properties. Plans were drawn up simultaneously to aid what became a complex, two year planning process.
Carpenter Oak’s Orchard House became a significant source of inspiration for the timber framed homes. Sam Williams (Roderick James Architects) developed the Spillane’s ideas into a set of drawings, elevations and floor plans and extended it from a 1.5 to a 2 storey house.
For this project, Carpenter Oak worked closely with a local company, Hercules, to fabricate the unusual steel work.Read more
We used the Carpenter Oak Contemporary Show Home as the basis for the design and came up with something that we all feel is very exciting.
A contemporary take on a classic cruck-framed house, the straight posts are used at an angle to replace the medieval curved crucks. Green oak members are jointed with steel flitch plates rather than traditional mortise and tenon joints. The primary oak frame works together with the SIP’s to create a robust structure
Preparing the frame for the stainless steel feet presented us with a new challenge – drilling holes into the end of the posts requires quite a lot of care. It’s exciting to develop new methods, and now we’ve got the technique down to an art