Made by carpenters, raised by carpenters
The sustainably sourced, UK Douglas fir frame was erected by our experienced carpenters on site, in just three days. As with all Carpenter Oak frames, it was crafted in our workshops, marked and transported to site.
Alec and Stephanie chose Douglas fir for its straight grain, making it more stable and predictable than oak in terms of cracks and shakes. The wood holds a strong edge when cut and the Wilsons opted for a clean smooth planed surface. To cool down the orange tone of the Douglas fir, Alec opted to use Osmo, a white paint/wax with which to treat the wood.
Thoughtful design offers a tranquil retreat.
Open plan living in the main area of the house gives way to the beautiful gardens designed by Ground Qube. Large sliding doors offer seamless internal and external living. The overhangs on the verandas help to offset thermal gain in the summer months.
To offer peace away from the main house, the bedrooms are placed in a separate two-storey wing, with the master bedroom on the upper floor. The walls are reminiscent of thick castle walls, built from Porotherm clay blocks to offer excellent thermal mass.
Meticulous care was taken over air tightness to ensure an energy efficient building. Alec also installed solar panels, a ground source heat pump and rainwater harvesting system.