Architectural Designer : Studio Hitchcock-Yoo
Grant Hitchcock-Yoo: Design Lead
Structural Engineer : MDHP
Contractors : Keith Ramsden & Dan Juskus
Specialist Oak Frame : Oak Frame Carpentry Company Ltd
A Self-Build Extension and Alteration of a 1940s chalet bungalow occupying a central position of a mature a 3rd of an acre plot.
The aim of the design was create a home that engaged with the mature garden that surrounded the property.
We worked closely with the Oak frame Carpentry Company (Tim Potts and his team in Nupend, Stonehouse) to create a series of highly glazed dramatic interventions. The oak frame was crafted in their workshop and (re-)erected on site in in a matter of days leaving leaving the client a small team of carpenters to wrap the structure with a highly insulated skin made up of natural material such as wood fibre and larch, breathable air tight envelope.
Large integrated planters and overhang pergola like structures were utilised to provide shading in the summer months and to blend the distinction between inside and outside.
A Self-Build Workshop.
Prior to starting the main house build project, we worked on a design a build experimental scheme to create a workshop to provide space for making and the tools to make with.
The idea was to use minimal waste in building materials, utilising the dimension of standard OSB sheets and a simple post and beam structure that enabled us to create small pad foundations and a raised floors that took up the slope of the site. Recycled items were used where possible including Windows and light fittings.
Many of the design ideas were transposed and refined into the main house design, including the angled green roof structure and vertical timber cladding.