Space Framing

THE BARN
Barn conversion, Bristol.
The Barn
This two stage project, and collaboration with the architects at Askew Cavanna, incorporated all our framing skills. Stage one, a two bay traditional oak frame and stage two a modern stick frame extension to the main house.

The Barn

The Barn

The Barn

The Barn

The traditional frame was all hand cut on site using an assortment of hand tools, skill saws and techniques used by carpenters for hundreds of years. The scale of the timbers and configuration of the lay ups gave this oak frame a unique and grand aesthetic. The mortice and tenons used to joint the majority of the timbers are draw bored with oak pegs which gives a rustic charm, whilst all the other cutting is scribed and finely cut to millimetre precision leaving a joinery grade finish. Once all the timbers are lifted and in position we apply a small amount of oxalic acid to clean up the timbers which gives the final pale warm glow that freshly framed oak delivers.
The roof had a double pitch and was tiled using reclaimed double romans to help blend the new frame seamlessly with he existing stone annex.

The works to the existing house involved dismantling an existing conservatory and framing a new extension with a set of sliding doors 6m wide with great views across the gardens and beyond toward the Land Yeo River. A modern design with lots of light drawn in by the sliders, side windows and generous hipped sky light framed into the parapet roof. The narrow profile larch cladding adds to the modern aesthetic whilst the new door way, framed with stone work, helps in linking old with the new and create a harmony between the two schemes.