The work was carried out over a 12 month period, with regular client meetings to adjust internal layouts and ensure everything was exactly to the clients’ requirements.
The larger oak tie beams were craned into place and the frame put together on top, having been almost entirely assembled off-site. This enabled smooth scheduling and the frame to be erected quickly once the walls were constructed up to plate, which in turn meant the project could be protected from the elements, allowing minimal moisture to enter the fabric and preventing the sun from drying out the oak too quickly. In addition, the ground source heating system was introduced over time to allow a long, gentle drying spell before decoration.
The initial enquiry came via local architect Andrew Sloane of Geoffrey Sloane Associates.
The 5 companies quoting were reduced to 2, and then a 2 stage tender was undertaken. Jaques Construction was selected after the architect and clients inspected previous work.
The clients, focused on obtaining perfect results, wanted to create their dream home from an old barn on their land.
COSTING AND PLANNING
David Jaques suggested the structural engineers trusses could be replaced with a more substantial traditional oak frame, and quoted for it as a recommended option. After due consideration it was agreed by the clients, leading to the beautiful results shown.
We sourced and carefully selected reclaimed bricks to complement those available on site, and researched which type of renewable energy was best suited to the site, a ground source heat pump being selected.
A programme was agreed that allowed the various trades involved to work in optimum conditions.
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