This lovely air dried oak framed extension in the ancient village of Medbourne has recently been completed by our team at Natural Structures. This new space is abutting a 500 year old cottage that is literally yards from the river which runs through this little rural village. The new space incorporates a new kitchen, day room, utility & WC. Our brief for the team was to design a building that not only incorporated the above functions but also took advantage of the natural light that the location of the cottage offered. The materials that were chosen to run along the build design were kept to an absolute minimum to create a simplistic structure. Oak was the natural choice to sit sympathetically with the natural stone of the cottage, where possible we left these elements exposed to help give the new structure some genuine detail. Lighting, as always plays a large role in creating atmosphere within the space and as standard all the lighting we fit is adjustable in output through dimmer switches. This again is the same for the exterior lighting as this is not only for the aesthetics of the building but also an important factor in those dark days of […]
With the Welland river running through the gardens of this beautiful residence, the new stone and oak extensions make the most of the river view. The existing house is several hundred years old and now with these cleverly designed extensions has doubled its size. The choice to use local stone and original Collyweston roof slates makes the new space feel as if it was built along with the original house. After a few months of exposure and de-colouring it will look as one dwelling all built decades ago. With new kitchens, utility, drawing room and dining/snug area, the traditional dwelling has been brought into the 21st century. The atrium roof light was designed for maximum natural light into the dining/snug area and also to throw light into the existing room therefore negating the potential loss of light. The six leaf bi-fold doors were designed for the light benefit and also to open the area up entirely onto the new terraced area. Design details such as areas left unplastered to show off the unique age-old stonework and sympathetic design of skirting and architrave all help to lend this space an air of originality. The oak and stone work seamlessly together as both are natural, warm and textured […]
We recently completed this beautiful period oak framed house in the prestigious village of Hambleton, Rutland. Hambleton village is situated on the peninsula that protrudes into Rutland water, this peninsula splits the reservoir into two arms. The complete oak frame house was built on an existing footprint with superb views over the reservoir. By demolishing the original structure but saving the foundations and obviously the position, we are able to create this beautiful period home. The dynamics of this specially designed oak framed home were as you would expect biased toward the views of the reservoir and by utilising the 1st floor as the main living areas really made the best of the beautiful views. The ground floors consisted of garage space and also the main entrance and hallway which led you to the 1st floor with the main living areas. The exterior vertical skin was of local stone and also beautifully hand made Stone Mullion windows with the roof finished of with Colleyweston tiles. With our usual eye for detail for all the internal finishes and the detail of the oak frame, the interior of this beautiful home perfectly matched the stunning exterior views of Rutland water.
This stunning barn is set in it own 7 acres of land overlooking the families lawns & horse paddocks. This was part of the brief given to us by the clients in that they wanted to maximize the extensive views that were available to them, that and the necessity for natural light in large open internal spaces.
The lovely rural stone villa of Kingscliffe is the site for this recently completed air dried oak structure. The house itself is over 600 years old and was grade II listed, this meant that the design and detail of the new extension needed to be perfectly in balance with the existing structure to ensure planning approval. The very careful use of limited numbers of materials allowed us to keep the structure as simple as possible which in turn lends itself to the simple stone surroundings in which the oak structure sat. The use of lead and painted cast gutters gave the new extension an originality that would not have been achievable with the use of standard materials. With the external elevations looking very traditional, we managed to create a contemporary feel to the interior with the use of simple floor tiles, clean lines and the abundance of natural light. The new floor of the oak extension was taken through into the original kitchen via widened apertures, this was a major factor in creating the combined space of the two areas. The light reflective nature of the limestone flooring helps bounce light into the existing house, with the added benefit of the […]
The ancient Roman town of Medbourne is now the new home to our oak frame. The design brief was to create large space and natural light on an existing stone cottage in a very tight exterior space. With a clever design of an internal oak frame being the hub of the extension, we were able to build off this and into the tight exterior stone walls to use the maximum room the site offered. This created several hurdles, the first being the roofing, this was resolved with the use of one pitched roof to the main oak structure then part flat and single pitched roofs to the “spoke” elements of the build. The entire build was encased in several layers of insulation giving above and beyond the regulated specification. The outer envelope of the oak frame was either stone or glass, the glass being clamped onto the oak structure using quarter sawn 41mm oak boards and the direct glaze method. This method although being time consuming, prevents all water and draught ingress and prolongs the life and the integrity of the oak frame. With the existing cottage offering the traditional cosy feel with the low ceilings and beams, the total contrast […]
Hallaton grade II listed oak home. We have recently refurbished a 14th century stone house in the local village of Hallaton. The works involved a complete re-wire, complete heating system, part re-plaster. new flooring throughout, complete decoration and a 50m2 oak framed extension. The stone house forms part of the central hub of the ancient village of Hallaton, therefore the planners were very particular in the design and material choice. After long discussions and several site visits, the design and materials were chosen and as you can see, perfectly enhance the existing house giving an additional 45m2 to the already extensive 2 storey house. This allowed us to re-design the family’s dynamic use of the existing and new space giving them the maximum benefit of their home. As with all of our projects, the end result never disappoints, with the natural light and feeling of space that our oak frames create, this is always a winning combination.
Oak Framed House (Stone & Oak Extension) The stone and oak extensions to the existing house in the village of Pillsgate are now complete with the owners thoroughly enjoying their new space. The project added another 5 rooms to an established residence surrounded by the beautiful estate grounds of Burghley House. The main room consists of a large oak frame with vaulted ceilings, this room will become the hub of the house for the family as it not only accommodates the kitchen and a full size 8 seater table and chairs, the large room was designed to allow a third function, the “day room” which includes soft seating allowing you to relax and enjoy the natural light and warmth that the open space has created. The bi-fold doors that are incorporated into the design are manufactured here to very specific details and lead the UK bi-fold industry in specification and performance. As the summer approaches, these will be folded back to reveal the beautiful gardens and with the internal and external flooring levels being the same, the sunken running track gives the appearance of the floor continuing from the internal room out onto the York stone terrace. The other 5 […]
We have recently completed an extensive oak frame extension to an existing property in the small Leicestershire village of Goadby. The oak framed design incorporates an extended kitchen area that links on to a day room and dining area with the main emphasis on natural materials and natural light. The oak frame also incorporates a loggia and a 1st floor landing area that doubles up as a seating/reading area. The simple use of a limited number of materials and clean lines help create a minimalist yet warm look. The cedar deck and tiled landscaping built to the same height as the interior floor help you to view the interior and exterior floor space as one. This gives you the impression of the interior floor space seeming larger as it flows seamlessly into the exterior areas. The double doors that lead from the existing house to inside the loggia gain easy access to the covered eating/sitting area. The design of the oak frame has linked the new space with the old and has transformed the family dynamic use of the entire ground floor area creating a functional kitchen area that easily flows into the day room and dining room then eventually […]
Modern & Contemporary Oak Timber Architecture Contemporary architecture is formally defined as the building style of the present day. Today’s styles, however, are quite varied and have a number of different influences. It is generally recognized that contemporary architecture is an evolution of modern architecture. While these two terms are sometimes used synonymously, this usage is not correct. Modern architecture refers to the building style of the early to mid-20th century. It features clean lines and an emphasis on function. Those elements that characterised modern architecture, however were also sometimes thought to be cold and impersonal. This belief lead to the creation of the contemporary style as is recognized today. Like the modern style, contemporary architecture connects indoor and outdoor spaces, but it adds some personal touches and warmth throughout the living space. The use of natural light also plays a big part in defining this style. For this reason, large and expansive windows are a common and easily recognized feature of contemporary homes. Green building is also becoming a strong component of the contemporary style. Architects today are placing more emphasis on energy efficiency; they also are using sustainable, natural, and recycled materials, thus creating eco-friendly houses. Contemporary homes are […]