Batterham Matthews Design unwraps oak-framed rural home
[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Batterham Matthews Design’s timber framed house, in Gloucestershire, was shortlisted for a RIBA Regional Award last month
The £850,000 home has a curved plan that follows the line of a new ‘dewdrop shaped’ lake in a sloping area of woodland on the outskirts of Cranham in Gloucestershire.
Sat behind a Cotswold stone wall the green oak-framed house supports a mono pitched sedum roof that overhangs the front facade.
Built for a couple in their early 60s the main reception rooms and master bedroom suite are on the ground floor with three guest bedrooms placed on the lower floor below. A section of the floor within the two store areas is timber and removable so that in the future a lift can be incorporated in the building.
The house, which incorporates an open bore ground source heat pump (GSHP) that feeds into the lake via a heat exchanger, solar thermal and photovoltaic panels and high levels of Rockwool insulation, has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5.
Start on site June 2011
Date of completion July 2012
Gross internal floor area 385
Total cost £848,466
Form of contract JCT Intermediate
Architect Batterham Matthews Design
Structural engineer Momentum Consulting Engineers
M&E engineer Batterham Matthews Design
Quantity surveyor Burford Building Consulting
Main contractor H B Lewis & Sons
Landscape architect Gifford Landscaping