Oct 06, 2016

Project | Arts & Crafts New Build | South Downs

How lovely to feature in this months Build It magazine.  Designed by architect Rob Beer of three|eleven design, Lisa & Stuart's new build is a beautiful Arts & Crafts style home with an exposed reclaimed timber frame.

As the article highlights, this was a challenging build for our team.  When planning permission was eventually granted, it came with very tight restrictions on vehicle access.  Building a new home with no vehicles is far from easy, not only did we need to hand-dig the entire foundations and transport all waste by wheelbarrow but it took seven men to carry just one of the timber beams down the lane.  We were determined to find a way around the challenges without falling foul of the strict planning rules.

After the original proposal was refused permission for being too big, an open plan design was chosen to make the best use of the space, giving this traditional style home a modern twist.

However, the challenges didn’t stop with planning permission.  When the parquet flooring arrived we were dismayed to find it was thicker than the sample the flooring company had provided.  Knowing there would be a lip between the parquet and the Dijon limestone in the kitchen, we re-laid the limestone to ensure that it was perfectly flush.

Our in-house joinery team designed and built Lisa her perfect pippy oak kitchen, completing her dream of an Arts & Crafts style handmade home.

Regardless of the physical effort and challenges that arose, this project remains a firm Woodmans favourite.  For more detail about this new build project you can download the Build It article (October 2016) here.  You can also watch our team build from start to finish on this time lapse video.

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