Oak Framed Sunroom in Herefordshire
The new oak framed sunroom extension in Herefordshire takes advantage of excellent views over a private valley, established planting and on to the Malvern Hills. The original property was a traditional agricultural workers dwelling for of two up and two down with large fireplace featuring a bread oven. Prior to KODA architects involvement, the property had been extended, providing a large kitchen and additional living accommodation. This large extension already increased the original footprint considerably and as a rule of thumb, local planning authorities require extensions to be subservient to the original dwellings. Adding to the planning constraints, the property is located in one of Herefordshire's Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the design was carefully considered to manage the impact on the existing property and the landscaping surrounding it.
Contractor: Wye Oak Timber Framing ltd.
Structural Engineer: Pearce Edwards Ltd.
Traditional timber framing methods
Following a careful consideration process and development of options, planning permission was approved by Herefordshire Council which allowed the house to be transformed with a new focal point and centre to the space. Adjoining a newly refurbished kitchen, the open plan extension provides a new light filled and open dining, sitting and television areas. To maximise the floor plan, whilst keeping the extension subservient to the existing, a vaulted central gabled roof was proposed with flat roofed wings either side. The regularity and close centres of the natural green oak frame provides a rhythm, allowing the proposal to sit comfortably within the natural landscaping surrounding the house.
The specialist contractors used traditional timber framing methods to construct this extension and pride themselves in a quality of product which natural green oak delivers.