Architect: Harrison Pitt Architects
Footage: 650 square footage
Number bedrooms: six
Oak frame: £99,850
Oak framed house in Lancashire
Squire house is a bespoke oak framed house in Lancashire with one of the most impressive dining halls we have ever had the pleasure of building. We built this frame with Harrison Pitt Architects and it was engineered with Momentum engineering.
You enter the house via the very impressive floor to ceiling dining hall, on the ground floor there is also a kitchen, lounge, library and a gym. On the second floor there is a master suite with dressing room and ensuite, guest bedrooms as well as an office. Mr and Mrs Robinson have also incorporated a store room – as the frame is full height there is no loft as you would find in most houses so to overcome this issue they have cleverly incorporated a store room into the design.
The inspiration for this stunning oak framed house in Lancashire was cathedrals – as you can see from the images this inspiration came to life with the dramatic high ceilings with very vertical frames. The dining hall in particular is, not only sizable in height but also incredibly impressive with a high sling brace truss. Because the dining hall is full height and as the frame is so vertical we used tapered posts to counteract the bending of the slings which had 5 tonnes of load pushing it out. Tapering the posts means the cross sectional area has increased the load capacity by 25%.
Externally the house has a raised sheath zinc roof with larch boarding. The windows (of which unusually many are portrait) are aluminium on the external face but timber internally.
For us, this oak framed house in Lancashire is really one of a kind and shows how impressive an oak frame can look in a modern house.