In October 2021, Daniel and Nina Rowland, the Co-Founders of Studio Fuse were featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs show and since being aired it has been widely reported as the best episode in the history of the show.
Their aim was to design and build a sustainable, contemporary new build on a 1.5 acre site in West Sussex. The site sits within the context of a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Therefore Daniel and Nina were tasked with building a home that enhanced the naturally beautiful landscape.
The main home is formed of two parts; a two storey component anchors into the ground with a flint plinth whilst its smaller single storey sister hovers over a newly constructed natural swimming pond. These two parts of the building are connected by a glass link which floats over water, this further detaches the single storey part of the building accentuating its uniquely intimate relationship with the site’s waterscape and nature.
In the middle of the house is a dramatic triple height space over the dining area with floating balconies on the First and Second Floors which take advantage of the views created by the double height glazing. This space also assists with solar gains and passive ventilation.
Other features of this approved application are a Pool Cabin/Sauna, Art Studio, Garage, Tennis Court, Outdoor Dining, Hot Tub and a Wildlife/Sculpture Trail.
How did we help?
In November 2019 Daniel contacted us to discuss our factory application process of timber coatings. After discussions Daniel provided us with the specification for the Siberian Larch cladding and decking for the house.
Sioo:X was the preferred treatment of choice due to its even colouring/ weathering of the timber as well as increasing the service life of the timber. We offered samples in both Clear and Light Grey Sioo:X on a range of planed, sawn and structured face Siberian Larch which were produced at our factory in Chorley.
Daniel and Nina were then able to compare the different shades of Sioo:X and the finishes of the timber in order to decide on their final specification.
The house features almost 1,000 metres of Siberian Larch decking and over 6,400 metres of Siberian Larch external cladding which was all coated in Sioo:X Light Grey Wood Protection. Even some interior elements of the house such as corridor paneling and kitchen cabinets used the same treated larch. Daniel and Nina are both delighted with the end results.
“During the planning stages of the project we opted for a sustainable and contemporary look using timber cladding treated in Sioo:X Wood Protection, after extensive research we came into contact with James E. Hatch & Son based in Lancashire. From the start their team were helpful offering a range of solutions, they listened to our specification and sent samples of various textures and shades of Sioo:X that we requested. We couldn’t recommend them enough” – Daniel and Nina Rowland
To find out more on the project please use the links below to the Studio Fuse website and Instagram page.