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As seen on: Grand Designs

Architect: Roderick James Architects

Key feature: cruciform

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Grand Designs cruciform house

Oak framed house

This contemporary oak framed house, clad in timber sits high in the Berkshire countryside with outstanding views.


Project profile

This stunning green oak framed house featured extensively on Channel 4’s Grand Designs programme. Often referred to as the Cruciform House by Kevin McCloud the presenter, the floor plan is set out in the form of a cross. All the living areas centre on the octagonal kitchen which forms a fabulous open plan socialising area for the home. McCloud commented “This is a really friendly house that reaches out into the landscape and the world outside, grabs it and brings it indoors. It doesn’t just live in its natural surroundings it lives up to”.

The Grand Designs cruciform house, which was designed by Roderick James Architects, has four wings with living areas coming from the central point on the ground floor, and four bedrooms on the first floor. The hearty fireplace and vaulted oak ceiling in the drawing room create impressive reception space and the glazing ensures the owners can really appreciate the stunning views in which the house is surrounded in.

The cruciform oak framed house sits in 5.6 acres and has an octagonal open plan kitchen, vaulted ceiling in the drawing room and an impressive triple aspect master suite. Although this is an impressively large house the oak creates a real warmth to the property making it very special indeed.

The frame

This Grand Designs cruciform house of course has the cruciform centre as well as king post trusses, exposed oak on the external and internally exposed floor joists and rafters create a real statement. The Grand Design’s Cruciform house is clad is soft wood which has weathered to a natural silver colour.

Watch the Grand Designs cruciform house episode.


Carpenter Oak & Woodland designed and built the frame which is timber clad externally to give quite a contemporary look yet internally it maintains a traditional style.

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