From the outset of this challenging self-build project, the client had very clear ideas of the look they wanted to achieve. The design incorporated a load-bearing, vaulted oak ceiling in the master bedroom, resulting in the build being a combination of brick and block and load bearing timber frame.
Internally, non-load-bearing timber was used in the kitchen to create a modern, farmhouse effect. Meanwhile, the wider-than-normal solid oak staircase became the centrepiece, with inset lights completing its design. The balcony is fully oak framed to match the look of the traditional glass and oak gable that it sits against. The hand-crafted and traditionally jointed oak framing, joists and decking are complimented by modern glass infill guarding. The balcony offers a lovely place to sit in the sunshine providing the owners with fabulous views across the Trent and Mersey Canal.
While the build was meticulous, the location added to the challenging nature of the project. Set on a steep hill with very narrow access, some of the supplies had to be carried by hand from the roadside to the site. Some aspects of the final work also had to be completed onsite simply because delivery vehicles could not gain access.
Further challenges included the plot being situated close to ancient woodland. As a result, special procedures were put in place to ensure correct tree protection fencing was put up and maintained throughout the project. The presence of badgers and bats within the nearby woodland also meant suitable mitigation procedures had to be put in place to ensure they were protected. The location also resulted in a ‘no dig’ policy being implemented, so either existing connections or overhead services had to be used.
Despite these challenges, by implementing a partnership approach from the outset, the project was completed successfully and on time, and the client is absolutely delighted with the stunning outcome.