Ash Barn, Devon
Bella and Toby designed and built their beautiful Ash Barn in Devon using a mix of local, ethically sourced materials, our wood cladding being one of them. Throughout the project they followed the Living Building Challenge, addressing a matrix of building imperatives throughout the build such as ‘health and happiness’, ‘water’ and ‘materials’ and other integral parts of the challenge.
Using locally sourced and milled hardwoods helped reach some of the goals set by this challenge as well as creating a natural environment in the home. Choosing the right naturally beautiful interior wood cladding for their home was one of the most important aspects. As a final wall finish, wood adds warmth and texture into the home, whilst having a low environmental impact at the same time.
The couple chose Ash as a species for it’s light tones and interesting grain pattern. They didn’t want too many knots or cats paws in the wood and ash wood cladding was a more suitable option for this reason. It still has knots within the boards, but less of them, which suited their design brief. Ash is also lighter in weight than oak, which is a great positive when using the wood cladding for ceiling spaces and walls.
Upstairs, following the ash clad ceiling, you walk through to the couples home office where they run their own landscape architecture and design company. This space is light and engaging, and the wood cladding creates a natural and inspiring work space for themselves and their colleagues. With such high ceilings, the couples have taken the wood cladding and draped in over onto the tops of each wall, creating a warmth and cosiness in the main sitting room area. Paired with sheepskin rugs and the central woodturner, the couple have done an incredible job of creating such an inviting family home.