Contemporary structure based on agricultural surroundings

Location: Leicestershire

Completed: 2014

Features: Curved roof beams with stainless steel bracing, timber engineering.

Requirements: Low maintenance sustainable home with an elegant and contemporary feel.

Architect: James Lock

Self build home for retirement with curved roof beams married with stainless steel bracing

A pioneering hybrid of timber frame construction with high thermal mass monolithic masonry construction.

Douglas fir and steel frame explores contemporary design

The creation of this contemporary, easy to maintain, sustainable retirement home was project managed by Alec and Stephanie Wilson who are not adverse to a self-build project. Having previously completed an oak framed home in a traditional style they were excited to explore a contemporary Douglas fir design.

James Lock of Roderick James Architects worked with Carpenter Oak‘s frame designer Paul Slemmings to design a contemporary structure that mimics the shape of agricultural buildings. The exposed Douglas fir beams are made from eight solid band sawn pieces jointed with a stainless steel pins. Stainless steel rigging is used to replace traditional bracing for a more modern feel.

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