Cedar Clad House, Downderry
‘They are real craftspeople’
Customers: Mr & Mrs Whittingham-Ford
Architect: Jem Hall
Engineers: FJF Consulting
D&W Role: Project management and main contractor post groundworks.
Construction: Twin-wall softwood timber frame, timber clad, pitched slate roof
Duration: 40 weeks
The brief was to build a dream family home in Downderry, overlooking Cornwall’s beautiful south east coastline. It turned into a dream project for us, too.
Mr & Mrs Whittingham-Ford contracted us to build their new family home in Downderry, South East Cornwall. They had acquired a superb piece of land with fantastic views of the sea and had very specific design requirements to make the most of their situation.
As main contractors, we were able, along with some clever work by the architect Jeremy Hall, to meet their brief for design and budget. We worked closely with the family throughout the project to ensure the budget and deadline weren’t busted but the build still achieved everything they wanted. The scaffold came down just after Christmas 2015 and the family moved in 10 months after we first put a spade in the ground.
A striking cedar-clad house, specced precisely to the family’s needs. Early 2016 saw the family start a new life in a home specifically designed for them. We’ve loved this project because it goes to show how the prefab approach can be economical, fast and individual.