Garden room with roof lantern
This nice little addition to the rear of another Grade II listed building will create a very well lit extra room. The 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.
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.
All the joints are held together with just oak pegs, all made from the off-cuts from the timbers used in the frame.
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.
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.