A timber framed extension made sense to both Mike and Zoe and to the planners; the extension was created using a new green oak frame resting on six foundation pads. This type of foundation was necessary due to the proximity of extensive root systems to the build site. In order to create a very light airy space, traditional oak diagonal braces have been replaced with stainless steel rod bracing panels.
Access to this site was tricky: with less than a three-metre wide approach the client wanted to minimise heavy traffic, so the Carpenter Oak team decided to hand roll all of the massive oak timbers in on a trolley.
The counting house has impressive eco-credentials, designed and installed by Sungift Solar of Exeter, with its own borehole, wood burning stoves, underfloor heating, solar panels and an air-source heat pump driven by electricity which produces 3kw of heat from an intake of 1kw.
The Counting House strikes the delicate balance of efficiency, beauty, and comfort for Mike and his family.
Featured in: Homebuilding & Renovation, September 2009
Retrofitted back boilers to existing Croft Clearburn wood burner and new installation in the hallway, as well as Uniq 5 wood burner & flue installation by Dean Forge, Newton Abbot
Air source heat pump, underfloor heating, and solar system design & installation by SunGift Solar, Exeter
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