Oak Tree House  Award Winner

This stunning home was designed by internationally recognised architects to create a modern interpretation of a historic building method. This utilised a structural glulam frame which was expressed internally to create bays within the living areas which were then filled in with minimalist white MDF panelling to accentuate the frame. The accuracy of this detail was expressed throughout the building with shadow gaps and minimal tolerances.

The Terrazzo floor which was laid to extreme tolerances creates a uniform finish seamlessly flows from internal to external areas. The external façade and roof is clad with a cementitious board, fixed onto brackets on a fully waterproofed membrane. This allows the building to exist with no visible rainwater discharge creating a crisp, clean finish. Externally terraces and retaining walls enable the full extent of the gardens to be utilised by the homeowner.

The internal space is divided by a free standing spine wall with glazing above to ensure all rooms remain light and airy. A primary feature of the living area is a unique hand crafted free standing double sided fire place. This also acts as a divider between the living area and the bedroom corridor.

"We are delighted with the end product, it is beautifully made and in our view, a fine example of craftsmanship both traditional and industrial..."


Client testimonial

Project details

Building highlights
  • Structural Glulam frame
  • Wall and roof cementitious rainscreen cladding
  • High level of detail and accuracy with minimal tolerances
  • Italian terrazzo flooring to both internal and external areas
  • Unique glazing system to windows and roof lights
Sustainable technologies
  • Underfloor heating
  • High levels of insulation
Location Historic village, Suffolk
Completed July 2017
Partners Susan Le Good Graham Stirk (Architect), Elliot Wood Partnership (Engineer), Synergy (M&E Engineer), PT Projects Ltd (Quantity Surveyor)