Exterior Woodwork


Timber framing and hard landscaping




Dovecote Roof - Somerset, UK





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This dovecote stands in the middle of a working organic farm in Somerset. The client wanted a traditional conical roof structure to top the existing stone wall - a cylinder of 17 feet diameter. This dovecote is not yet topped, the extruded cap and finial will be added at a later date.

With an interest in all things eco, the client was keen to use reclaimed materials from around the farm yard. The beam structure was made from air dried oak left over from a fencing project some years previous. The tiling was completed with around 2,500 reclaimed plain tiles from local salvage yards. To maintain a smooth profile on the conical roof the tiles were laid in 6 bands, with tiles reducing in width (and increasing in angle) the higher the course. Each and every tile needed both edges cut.

The structure was designed with detailed reference to historical dovecots from the area, using a ring purlin rather than any cross ties and profiled braces on the internal edge of the stone wall. There was much consultation with the client at this stage and a computer model was produced to refine the design further. This model was then used to output a detailed cutting list so each beam could be cut on the ground before being lifted into place, meaning less mistakes and less waste. The high-tech process behind what is ultimately a very traditional structure is what makes this project special to me.

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Pergola - Belize, Central America





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This shade structure in Belize, Central America, is made from a timber called Mylady. The main posts are left unplaned with the chainsaw marks from the initial squaring of the timber clearly visible. The pergola is free of structural screws or nails, relying instead on lapped joints and wooden pegged joints, each custom fitted in the style of green oak framing. As the green (meaning freshly cut) timber dries the structure will gain rigidity.

The two vines planted will provide a cool shady space in hot summer months, an ideal outside dining area in the tropical climate.

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Timber framing and hard landscaping



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