Timber Frame Twist: Contemporary British Interpretation of Rustic Classic

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What do you get when you cross American rustic pine timber frame architecture with traditional British sensibilities? The Wishanger Lodge, built on an old farming estate in Surrey, England, is the answer. When the mother and daughter owners purchased the property, it was little more than a collection of dilapidated sheds and stables. But they envisioned a barn-style home that took its inspiration from American timber frame structures with lots of exposed beams and warm pine siding.

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The duo worked with Timberpeg Homes UK and Elspeth Beard Architects to create the rustic yet refined home of their dreams, with an open plan, airy interior full of vaulted ceilings and cathedral-like spaces. One of Timberpeg’s technical staff from America flew in to supervise the erection of the frame, which is made from sustainable Grade A eastern white pine.

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The interior cladding has been left unpainted to show off the gorgeous post and beam frame. While most American timber frame homes are complemented with rustic-contemporary, lodge-style interiors, the owners of the Wishanger chose swirling metal staircases andcontrasting gray tile.

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Explains Elspeth Beard Architects, “The design was very different from the usual house the Americans at Timberpeg had built before, especially the open gallery bathroom in the master bedroom. The timber frame was shipped directly from the USA to site and erected in just three days; within a month they had completed a weatherproof shell.”

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