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BUILDING FABRIC & EXTERIORS


oak framing, for example, is a relatively cost effective form of construction that can be designed to a budget requirement. Timbers can be sized and specified accordingly.


Oak framed construction is also very


durable, as well as classical and flexible. With the correct specialist on board, an oak building will represent classic character and stand the test of time. It’s for this reason that so many home owners are exploring the delights of classic barn- style garages and car ports and that oak framing is becoming increasingly popular throughout the UK, particularly in rural regions. It’s also important to ensure the joinery is well-built, and iroko wood works particularly well.


The choice of door is another


budget, building a garage isn’t out of the question, but naturally it often comes with compromises. The groundwork required for constructing an outbuilding should not be ignored as this represents a sizeable proportion of the cost and is often dictated by the ground conditions. However, everything that happens above ground is more controllable and this is where savings can be made. Using


important element of the design. For those who want to maintain the timeless, classic look, outward opening barn doors will suit better than up-and-over style doors. Well-established and reputable companies will also offer discreet automation options, whatever style door you decide to go for, meaning you can combine a traditional appearance with modern convenience. The roof surface reflects a large proportion of the building and will therefore also impact the overall appearance. Something people are


often not aware of is that while the roof design (including its pitch) will of course be decided by the architect, the manufacturer of the chosen tile will supply a certain pitch range to operate within. This is particularly true with handmade tiles but can also be the case with machine-made clay tiles as well, so its something to bear in mind. Most self- builders will of course opt for a tile that closely matches that of the main house, but other options can include specialist thatching, timber shingle tiles or camber tiles for a irregular, textured effect. When it comes to the overall design, you can be as bespoke as you want or need to be. Large open roof areas with truss spaces will continue the classic style of a barn through to the interior. Being creative needn’t stop with your new home – get the design juices flowing and your imagination run wild. James Bond-style features often come into play when it comes to designing garages – for example, The Classic Barn Company has provided a host of fun design solutions for clients, such as creating spaces that can accommodate turntables and even car lifts. The possibilities are endless.


Andrew Guppy is director at The Classic Barn Company


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www.sbhonline.co.uk


september/october 2017


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