Black Cross, Newquay, Cornwall.
A fantastic design with so many interesting features, set in the Cornish countryside.
This project came to us in a hurry, the client had placed the order with a timber frame company that was consequently closed down. The clienty suddenly needed to find a frame very quickly, we did the design process in about a month and then immediately manufactured the house. It was an extremely quick turn around. We even designed the stairs in this house. The clients were very nice to deal with, which normally makes the project flow nicely.
This comprehensive set of images shows the build  'from the ground up - and down'.
The house itself was 184mm deep frame - packed with slab insulation. The roof was quite tricky to make and even trickier to erect. Erectors Mike and Ryan did a very good job - especially with the central height section. This section required them to install posts that were over twenty feet long very accurately and then rest the cantilevering beams onto the posts. This is no mean feat.
Altogether a job that we are very proud of.
The concept and design drawings are used to produced detailed CAD 3d image structural designs.
On the design computer these 3D images can be rotated and the view angle changed to check every structural and design requirement before the frame is built.
Become familiar with the requirements of a build by viewing the images on this page alongside the standards drawings, a great source of information for the self-builder.
The building requirements are the same whether it is a small bungalow or a block of flats.
Picture Book of the way the house was constructed - place cursor on thumbnail images to see full size.
The building site.
Using gabions, wire mesh boxes, to retain bank.
Gabion baskets for the stabilization of earth movement.
Stone filled gabions and drainage channels.
The footings trenches are excavated.
Concrete poring into trench.
Foul water and sewage pipes installed.
Dwarf walls built.
Block wall piers built.
Damp proof membrane and reinforcing mesh..
..concrete slab is laid.
Piers are shuttered ready for concrete..
..concrete slab laid onto higher level piers..
..the foundations ready for building to start.
Scaffolding is erected.
The timber frame craned onto site..
..sole plate is fitted and timber frame building begins..
..timber frame panels are soon erected.
Ground floor timber frame panels.
Lattice truss flooring joists and boarding.
First floor timber panels are craned on to floor..
..first floor building panels installed..
..timber frame secured.
Roof structure gable ends fabricated.
Top floor panels erected.
Substantial laminated ridge beams lowered into roof..
..timber beams in place..
..roof timbers building.
Attic trusses constructed.
The roofing felt goes on..