Timber Frame Construction
Design for us is about honesty. Form following function but without being a slave to it. There is a beauty in timber frames evolving out of the functional requirements of medieval engineering; the slightly surreal act of putting trees in the air. And yet you can see the flourishes and styles of the individual carpenters, humanity’s natural creativity arising in all disciplines. We believe in learning from the past but keeping an eye on the future. We are happy to adapt to the budget, the function and location of the building. Overall we feel with careful design we can bring all the best aspects of timber construction together to create traditionally inspired, high performance wooden buildings that are genuinely ecocentric.
We feel that in this world dominated by mass production, there is room for things that have been individually made by skilled craftsman. Everything we do is unique, and each project is undertaken with the same eye for detail and love of the craft, whether it is a six foot table or a hundred foot barn. Having a broad spectrum of work; particularly working with old buildings, keeps things fresh and allows us to transfer what we have learnt across the woodworking disciplines. Every project we are involved in we apply the best possible practice, in an attempt to constantly improve and develop our craft.
A part of our inspiration is trying to escape the disposable culture. We want to create things that last and this means not only using quality materials, but using the right materials in the right place. Each design choice has not only a practical and aesthetic impact but also an inherent ecological impact. Whilst we are happy to use modern materials and techniques where it makes sense, fundamentally we feel that ecological building should as much as possible use natural, local materials. We encourage reduced cement use, locally sourced timber and maximal insulation to create buildings which have the smallest possible carbon footprint in manufacture, and minimal ongoing energy consumption.