The garden building at Le Fainel is no ordinary outbuilding. Whilst serving a functional purpose as a workshop, garden tool store and garage, it also fulfils the client’s brief for a high quality of design, materials and workmanship.
Nestled within the grounds of a grand country house, the outbuilding complements its natural surroundings with textured reclaimed pantiles, reclaimed red brick, and green painted timber boarding. In creating a building exquisitely of its place, built to last for centuries to come, CCD utilised entirely traditional construction methods with flashes of contemporary detailing.
Two sides of the building are of solid masonry construction using beautiful reclaimed red brick. These walls feature panels of bespoke dragon tooth detailing, putting a playful twist on traditional brickwork.
The remainder of the envelope is constructed from solid hardwood; with the structure entirely exposed, it forms a vital part of the building’s functional but exquisitely detailed aesthetic. The exposed iroko sarking boards contrast the painted hardwood rafters, wall plates and joists in the mezzanine storage areas at either end and create an impressive vaulted central space?. The warmth of the exposed iroko is reflected in the herringbone patterned reclaimed brick floor.
Externally the bespoke brick detailing is most striking on sunny days when the shadows of the dragons tooth panels and eaves edging play on the façade of the building, complementing the shadows of the trees dancing on the reclaimed pan-tiled roof and bespoke owl boxes hung on each gable.
The finished building is a testament to the skilful detailed design and craftsman’s meticulous workmanship, resulting in a striking and timeless building.