Private Award Winner 2004
Architect: James Gorst
Structural Engineer: Anthony Hunt Associates
Main Contractor/Builder: FA Valiant and Son
Joinery Company: Crown Joinery
Wood Species: European Oak, American Black Walnut
Refurbishment of Wakelins, a grade ll- listed 15th century house, included an uncompromisingly modern extension suported by English Heritage and the Ancient Monuments Society.
When the cement render of the main house facade was removed, about 40% of the timber frame was found to be beyond repair. It has been replaced with traditionally jointed and pegged European oak. Lacking any interiors of note, the barn and main house were stripped to their timber skeletons and new foundations constructed Walls and roof were then carefully reassembled using breathable materials, such as sheeps wool insulation and lime render.