Cedar Clad House, Downderry

They are real craftspeople

Customers: Mr & Mrs Whittingham-Ford 
Architect: Jem Hall 
EngineersFJF 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

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.

The work

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.

The result

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.

What the clients thought:

We were delighted to have Doyle and Whitley build our house. They were engaged early in the process and were able to provide valuable input into the design to ensure it could be built within budget. They adopted a flexible approach to allow us to be involved as much or as little as we wanted in the management of the project and the construction itself. Above all, they are real craftspeople who clearly care about the quality of their work, which means that our custom-built home has real personality. We would be very happy to recommend them.
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