Bryher, Downderry, Cornwall

Customers: Mr & Mrs Pollard 
ArchitectCFD Architects
D&W Role: Project manager & principal Contractor 
Construction: Twin-wall softwood timber frame, cladding/render external, pitched slate roof
Duration: 34 weeks

The brief

Mr & Mrs Pollard had purchased a plot of land in the seaside village of Downderry, Cornwall, on which they wanted to build a house that met their specific needs for usability and aesthetics. As the property proposed by the architect was of timber construction, included sections of traditional trussed oak roofing and was on a hillside adding complication to the build, they appointed us main contractor for the whole project.

The solution

Our role as main contractor was to first go through the proposed design with a fine tooth comb to make sure that it was practical to construct. Once we’d become familiar with all the details of the structural content of the project, we called upon our specialist ground-working team to undertake the substantial dig out, blockwork the lower ground-floor garage and create external primary access. Once built, we began on-site construction of the custom frame of our design. During this process we liaised with the customers to establish all the details of their desired finishes that affected the construction of the frame, allowing it to evolve (within the limitations of planning and building regulations approval) to accommodate any changes of mind they had as the project progressed. We also appointed sub-contractor electricians, plumbers, plasterers and decorators, agreeing all dates so that they were on site when needed to keep the build progressing. Our specialist roofing team installed the slate roof covering, and sections of felt flat roof where specified. Every element of the timber construction of this build, from the webbed softwood frame, through the traditional green oak roof trusses to fitting the solid oak skirting and architrave was done by our in-house carpenters.

The result

John & Carol moved into their new 4 double bedroom split-level timber frame home just 8 months after the first spade went into the ground. Every aspect of the building’s layout and aesthetics was tailored to their specific requirements. The 300mm thick super-insulated webbed timber frame along with the south facing solar array on the roof and ground source heating system has meant this new build achieved an EPC rating of A at 93. They have south facing sea views through the large glazed sections in living room and master bedroom, vaulted areas that add to the feeling of spaciousness, and internal finishes just as they wanted. The build was completed on time and within budget.

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