In June 2015, CDMS Architects applied for planning permission to demolish an old stone farm workers’ house in Devon and build a new timber framed house with attached annexe. The original stone house was not worth preserving as it had been altered over the years and had become a hotchpotch of styles and materials.
Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, the CDMS Architects’ design was for a ‘grand farmhouse’ set on the three acre plot. The house plan is a courtyard design and the building splits neatly into two parts; the main house and ‘studio’ - a separate self-contained annexe that can be used as a holiday let or granny annexe.
Featuring five bedrooms over three floors, as well as landscaped gardens and three acres of agricultural land, the site of the 508m² house is sloping. CDMS Architects accounted for this by designing the ground and first floors over two levels.
Sustainable design underpins Powers House and the design utilises an existing well to provide water for landscaping, solar photovoltaic roof panels, solar thermal roof panels, air source heat pump, underfloor heating to all areas, high levels of thermal insulation, and high quality thermally broken windows.
CDMS Architects are comfortable using cladding in their designs, and for Powers House they chose Western Red Cedar from Vastern Timber for the external cladding, specifically 95mm x 20mm boards with half lap detail, and 145 x 20mm reveal boards.
For the extensive decking around the building they chose Brimstone ash machined to profile VDEC2 in the dimension 21 x 140mm. Brimstone ash offers a locally grown alternative to tropical species commonly used for decking such as Balau and Ipe. As well as being durable and relatively hard, Brimstone ash is more stable than non-modified timbers, delivering significantly less expansion and contraction when faced with changes in ambient temperature and humidity
Brimstone ash perfectly complements the Western Red Cedar classing on Powers House and will provide robust decking for many years to come.
CDMS Architects is an award winning RIBA Chartered Practice located in central Brighton. The practice provides a full range of architectural and interior design services for a mixture of private, commercial and institutional clients, working across sectors including residential, commercial, education, conservation, leisure and masterplanning.