Love match builder serves up dream home!
It was a case of aces all the way as this magnificent home emerged from the site of a disused tennis court. A challenging and novel project, this specially designed house built of green English oak used the timber from 83 trees, and oak is a particularly difficult material to work. Nonetheless, Lutterworth-based Michael John Building, worked closely with the architect and his client to create a masterpiece of craftsmanship that brings the design to life.
The exterior of the timber-frame construction was clad with bricks, but the oak is revealed inside the building. The centrepiece of this ambitious project is the main living area - a superb open space with a high vaulted ceiling reminiscent of a period chapel house - an unusual feature in such a contemporary building. The use of natural light is maximised, with whole walls of windows dominating the construction.
What the customer said:
"The whole project took over a year and the experience was immensely pleasurable due in no small part of Michael John Construction." A.J. Wilson
What the Master Builder of the Year judges said:
"Timber framed property is not well understood by many homeowners. This is a fantastic example."
Description of work carried out:
A new 'green oak' timber-framed, brick-clad house.
Michael John Construction, Lutterworth, Leicestershire
Master Builder of the Year 2002 Finalist