TIMBER HOME REQUIREMENTS
A meeting with Oakwrights took place at their offices, and one of the company’s architectural designers then worked with Peter and Susan on their planning submission. “Our brief was for a low maintenance, energy efficient house with high ceilings and a light, airy feel, ” explains Susan. “Peter produced some sketches, which our designer used as the starting point for the final plans. ”
High insulation values, argon-filled double glazing, an advanced underfloor heating system, low energy lighting and a centralised ventilation and heat recovery system were just some of the items specified by the couple, who were keen to incorporate up-to-the-minute technology. Internally, the ground floor is predominantly open plan, with large areas of glazing making the most of views onto the garden and woodland. Due to the nature of the plot the 300 sq m house was designed as a long, narrow floorplan with an angled, vaulted sitting room wing to the rear, which faces south and adds interest to the layout.
Originally the open-plan entrance was modelled on Japanese homes, where shoes are removed before stepping up to the main living area, but Building Regulations for disabled access prevented this stepped feature, which would have necessitated a ramp and handrails. Detailed oak frame and Building Regulation drawings were produced after many discussions and email exchanges between the Matthews and the Oakwrights design team, who used a 3D computer programme to illustrate the full construction of the house.