Situated on the South Downs, the owner bought a derelict house and has incorporated the frontage of the original house into a contemporary building for his family.
The uniqueness of the project has been realized from a dream, into a home. The owner had a quite specific vision and worked with his Architect to make it happen. Skilled tradesmen ensured that there was a practical and quality outcome.
The site for the home has been excavated from the side of the downs. The building has incorporated many different building materials from concrete, steel and copper to natural stone, timber and glass, all blended expertly to produce a spectacular outcome.
Part of the external walls have been vertically clad with Oak Cladding, with selected 1–2 grade European Oak, which is FSC certificated. The timber has been fixed and allowed to start weathering naturally, using stainless fixing with the drill holes being greater than the shank to allow for movement throughout the seasons.
The Oak was conditioned before sending it to site to ensure the moisture content was approx 16%+-2% to give this the best chance for minimum movement. Some sound small features are permitted to keep costs to below budget and ensure the timber cladding looks real and natural. The lengths are all under 2.50m to ensure perfect vertical alignment with a clever head joint to act as a feature and a practical weather.
The addition of specially selected Oak beams to form a substantial pergola makes this more of a mansion than a house. It is a wonderful example of clever design, expert trades and superb materials being brought together to result in a spectacular property that will stand proudly on the Downs for decades to come.