In one of our largest projects to date, we provided a full two-storey oak frame for this new-build home in Devon, South-West UK.
The high-tech build was always a story of matching ancient techniques and the latest technologies. The oak frame was clad in SIPs (Structural Insulated Panel), and then a blockwork cladding and rendered. It used high-end insulation and double-glazing throughout and is mostly roofed in thatch! With the glazed garden room soaking up the Devon sunshine during the day, the clients have told us that they barely ever have to heat the house.
We worked hard with the clients and architect to incorporate and expose the oak frame in different ways throughout the home. In the kitchen, there were no braces, so essentially the floor beams of the second storey are the only visible oak, giving the room a clean and modern feel, whilst retaining the warmth and character of the oak.
The large staircase and landing allow the oak roof to be seen from the ground floor, including the wind-bracing. Once on the second floor the full frames is visible, set-off against pale colour choices. In this bathroom, the oak is very much a feature, bringing warmth and an organic feel to the room.
The gable end above the porch is used as a guest room, again with the beautiful oak frame on show.
The clever use of old and new technologies throughout this build really makes it a one-off, and we are delighted to have been involved. We think the house fits well into the Devon countryside.