Considered use of real materials, used honestly and effectively in combinations, form a guiding principle for all of our buildings. We use locally sourced and sustainable materials wherever possible. These materials give buildings ‘soul’ and ‘tie them to a particular place’.
I’m an expert in the sustainable use of native timbers such as oak, chestnut and larch, knowing how to plant, identify, harvest, convert, season, and ultimately use structurally & durably in a building, whether it’s a traditional mortice and tenon oak frame or a modernist bridge.
Other materials that I know well include the art of cob walling which I reintroduced into the county in 1996 and I have pioneered earth bricks in modern cavity construction. My workshop built one of the first 1 1/2 storey structural straw bale houses in the country.
Local stone, reclaimed brick and lime mortars/plasters are a common specification.
I’m excited by the visible use of modern materials such as stainless steel wires or reinforced concrete poured in situ where clients have the courage to use them.