003 | SHED

Little Bosvarren



September 2019


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This is a timber framed and clad shed to house a domestic biomass energy system.

The building is set upon a minimal, metal reinforced, raft-style concrete footing. I try not to use concrete in my buildings due to it's heavily negative ecological impact but I couldn't escape its useful technical capabilities in this project. The biomass system required a 1000 litre water tank, and the general wear and tear caused by mowers, bikes and the like being constantly dragged in, out, and around the building meant that concrete was the only option.

The building has extended roof eaves which create covered log storage on the front, and winter protection for a canoe on the rear. The building is also fully insulated which traps the inevitable heat loss from the Biomass boiler. This creates a year round warm atmosphere that is excellent for drying washing, wetsuits, and muddy boots. It also keeps tools and garden machinery bone dry through wet Cornish winters.

It's location amongst ancient and listed buildings meant it required a more traditional style than some of my other buildings. The locally grown feather edge larch cladding will slowly soften to a silvery grey, and the reclaimed Spanish slate roof beautifully matches the Cornish slate roofs nearby.

The timber cladding for the inside was recycled, from a skip at the local woodyard, and the waste pile from the connected house's renovation.