Wonder on the Wirral
1960’s bungalow in the Wirral, Merseyside, radically transformed into a modern family home.
Unique design and choice of materials featured on TVs Grand Designs in November 2016.
Accoya creates a stunning natural effect for external and internal home cladding.
Project photos from 2016
Applications used in this project: Cladding
The far-sighted renovation of Stuart and Rosie Treasurer’s “very ugly” dormer bungalow, lying in a leafy suburb in the Wirral, Merseyside, hit the headlines when featured on TV’s Grand Designs programme in November 2016.
In an ambitious 12-month building project, their home was stripped to its ground-floor foundations with a first-floor being completely reconstructed as a spectacular rectangular wooden box, with raw Accoya boards used for external cladding and fine sawn Accoya boards for internal decoration.
The project was masterminded by the Treasurers, who share a passion and fascination for wood in all its forms. The couple runs a wood-crafting business, Cleancut Wood, from their home in the Wirral, with designer Stuart specialising in creating beautifully designed wooden products ranging from kitchen and giftware to large pieces of furniture and bespoke installations.
From the start, we wanted to build something which was going stand out and be noticed. But we also wanted to create a very natural and bespoke look, which needed to be long-lasting whilst being environmentally and financially sustainable. The end effect is stunning. The Accoya has a style all of its own with each plank of wood displaying its own characteristics, creating a genuinely unique overall look and design.
With our home overlooking the Dee Estuary, with wind, rain and salt-water whipping in from the North Sea, we also wanted a product that was durable and would weather well. So far, Accoya has delivered excellent results, with a very subtle weathering adding to the individual and distinct character of the building.”
It was this lifelong affinity with wood that inspired the home renovation project and led to the, initially reluctant, choice of Accoya for the external cladding of their two-storey home.
Accoya was also used for internal facings and cladding, producing a smooth, homely effect for the refitted kitchen and living areas. Unlike most wood types, the UV stability of Accoya enables the fine sawn interior cladding boards to retain their white colour rather than turn ‘orange’ with time, helping to retain the contemporary look.
Taking just over a year to complete, the renovation project has created an extra five rooms for the Treasurers and their two children, delivered on a budget of less than £120,000. Around eight sq. metres of untreated Accoya was used for both the external and internal cladding, supplied by Accoya distributor James Latham Timber.
Accoya has proven popular with architects and joiners across the world, especially where quality, stability and aesthetics are important. Compared to competitor wood products, the use of Accoya has been proved to reduce shrinkage and swelling by at least 80%.
Using both raw and fine sawn Accoya boards for individual home renovation projects is a real one-off project for us. But the results speak for themselves, and demonstrate the huge potential of Accoya for bespoke home design, appealing directly to consumers. This was also a realistic project, delivered on a sensible budget which shows that Accoya, although regarded as a premium product, can be very cost effective, especially in its raw form. And it has the huge advantage to customers that once it is in place, it needs very little maintenance and has exceptional, long-lasting durability.”
John Alexander, sales director at Accsys.
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