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A fabulous Wood structure with Timber Roofing shingles

Date Added: January 14, 2013 02:15:13 PM
Author: Chauncey Balasko

There are a number of building materials being utilized for grand designs world-wide: while wood and straw have long since been preferred construction supplies. It is tough to dismiss impressive natural resources. The Woodman's Cottage, designed by Ben Law is one such example of this. It has been selected as the most popular Grand Design ever by viewers of Channel 4s Grand Designs show. For ten years, Ben stayed in tents and caravans within a wood in West Sussex. As a woodsman, he needed and wanted to live among the trees, but now he wished for a home for some personal comfort. He encouraged volunteers to aid him make one by hand, through the materials growing near him. Ben hired some of the sweet chestnut wood land but owned one third. The home was made up of of an A-frame made out of tree trunks, a wood base for a floor and oak shingles on the roof, making this house remarkably unique from others as it was made pretty much entirely of timber. All the wood for the construction originated from the surrounding trees - sweet chestnut is a robust hard wood, ideal for this sort of unique building. Nevertheless the neighbouring woodlands would not be devastated by this venture, since Ben coppices timber in preference to removing them meaning that brand new growth would shortly renew the old. Volunteers were invited to come and remain in the woodlands and help develop the property in return for food and drinks plus some carpenter experience. Putting in the rafters and interior walls involved very slow but steady work that went on a couple of months additionally there were 12,000 oak roofing shingles all hand cut that had to be neatly nailed to the roof. Recycled newspaper insulation went beneath the flooring and in to the roofing cavities, accompanied by barley-straw bales which were placed between the wooden frame and the inner stud-work to create dense insulated walls. Ben added a wood-burning cooker, a bath and hot-water cylinder. Ben made a fireplace and covered the internal walls with clay plaster by utilising clay from his pond. The house was eventually weather-proofed by putting glass in to the windows and coating the straw bales with lime plaster. The home operates fully off natural energy, and even most of the technology has re-cycled pieces. Solar power panels previously utilized in the Big Brother house supply electrical power, which is kept in second-hand submarine batteries. They will power Ben's lamps, stereo system and laptop along with a few wind generators. Rainwater plus a close by spring supply the taps. And a composting lavatory is the finishing touch to a genuinely exceptional ecohouse. Visit to find out more about timber and wooden cladding.
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