This nice little addition to the rear of another Grade II listed building will create a very well lit extra room. cav8The design challenge here was to create a space that extended the low pitched 1960’s extension, but created a spacious contemporary room. The design was by Plaice architects http://www.plaicemaking.net/ though the oak framing elements were left open to interpretation. 

The frame went together on a nice sunny (but cold!) day over in West Suffolk. Here the sole plate was set out and timbers poised ready for assembly. 

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Using the hand operated crane, the timbers slotted together very efficiently. The peculiar roof design was a challenge, which required carefully thought out traditional jointing. 

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All the joints are held together with just oak pegs, all made from the off-cuts from the timbers used in the frame. 

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To the side here is going to house a toilet and shower room. Oak bracing throughout to make for a very robust structure. 34,35,207,211.402466

Here from the inside, the roof timbers have been aligned with the studs for a sense of continuity. All the internal faces have been cleaned up (standard practice) so that if the frame is kept clean, no further cleaning or blasting is required. 

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The picture above partly shows the roof design. The intersecting timbers had to be carefully designed in order to pass structural requirements. The large central opening will support  a modern pyramidal roof lantern. 34,35,157,171.974945

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