Wrapping it up in three months!

March 24, 2016 / 

Design Director and Chartered Architect, Oliver Westgarth describes the final stage of construction on his parents’ home, Maison Frie au Four in the lead up to a tight deadline.

8 years after the completion of Oliver Westgarth’s extension and refurbishment to this traditional Guernsey farmhouse, which includes the contemporary living space featured on our website, the 3rd and final phase of the development is now underway. CCD Architects have teamed up with local builders, RG Phillips & Son Ltd, to create a double garage, cloaks/boot room, garden room and storage rooms, a slick contemporary structure that references the form and material of the traditional Guernsey cart shed.


The project is restricted to a very tight programme as a wedding is to take place on this very lawn at the beginning of June 2016, when the building must be complete. CCD have negotiated construction, planning and building control approvals in double quick time! With only a short notice period RG Phillips are working at a fine pace and, having commenced works at the beginning of February, 6 weeks on the superstructure is really taking shape and the shell of the building is almost complete.


Much of the structure is timber frame which lends itself to a speedy construction and high levels of insulation can be achieved. Here we see the front main elevation taking shape with the double garage on the left and the entrance area on the right, which will feature a sleek frameless glazed corner detail.


The lightweight superstructure is constructed on a concrete raft slab, which is fully encased in insulation. The view here is standing just inside the new entrance door in the cloaks and bot room, with the hall leading to the garden room off the right, and the double garage in the background.


The large double garage over two stories will enhance the existing property with suitably scaled outbuilding space.