Arbour House


Arbour House

A lightweight timber framed extension to a 1950s terraced house provides our client with more useable space within their kitchen and dining area. 

Glazed doors and windows to the back elevation, and skylights along the roof, offer a sense of connectivity between the house and outside, and floods the new space with natural light.

The sustainable Douglas Fir timber portal frames have been left exposed, providing the space with a feeling of naturality and warmth. Due to the structure remaining visible, we worked closely with nimtim Architects to carefully detail the exposed fixings and conceal others. The new side wall has been reinforced to avoid any return nibs and therefore create clean lines.

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We have worked with SD structures on a number of projects. Their attention to detail is outstanding and their input has been invaluable on every single project we have completed together. Crucially, SD seek to understand the key architectural concept for the project and how the structure can respond to and fit into this vision. It means that the architectural and structural elements of the design are conceived together and are developed in tandem rather than in opposition to each other.

Their ability to develop the design in three dimensions is a fantastic tool for the architect as the design progresses but also for the contractor on site who is then able to see how the structure fits together in far more detail than with the information produced by most other structural engineers. We would be happy to recommend SD Structures for projects of any size and complexity.

Tim O’Callaghan - Director - Nimtim Architects