Steve and Louise Cockram wanted a striking home in a suburban setting, but getting the space

they wanted meant building into a slope and making clever use of their roof space.

As featured in BuildIt magazine.
space saving custom designed timber framed house




This house was built by a friend, Steve, in the heart of Pennsylvania, Exeter.

Steve gained planning permission for the design by Mic O'connor of Squirrel Design, Chagford. The design, as always from Mic, is interesting and achieves a very spacious efficient family house.

The house is situated near the top of a row of 1950's houses and certainly does not hide itself in any way. Reviews of the design have to an extent been mixed, the owner even had some drive-by abuse. On the other hand a middle aged lady puffed up the hill on a bike just to tell Steve how much she loved the design.





We constructed the house with 140mm open panels generally. The construction was portalise with steelwork to gain structural stability.

Dave Routledge was employed as the engineer on this and he found us some great solutions to some of the problems that we had to deal with. One of the main problems was to thin down the construction of the floor zones to meet the ridge datum level as prescribed by the planning department.





  • Interior fittings finished to a very high standard.
  • The completed timber frame house.



The house was finished to a very good standard by the client who is very experienced at internal lighting and shadow gaps etc.

Inside is like a tardis, the space has been very cleverly used. The roof is constructed using clip on tiles onto a steel grid. The render is by Marmorit and the windows are Harmony Profiles of Exeter.

  • Detached house with rendered exterior.


Many thanks to Anthony Harrison for the great pictures.


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