This bespoke oak-framed studio, built in the grounds of a fifteenth-century priory, was a delight to build as well as a real challenge! The site was beautiful but sometimes tricky, due to the limited access – we had to find a way to bring in (and erect) large sections of timber as well as a plinth made of Sussex stone that had been cut and laid especially.
Because the building was clad in weathered oak there was no way to repair or cover any mistakes – everything was on show! We needed to work with complete precision and an incredible attention to detail – thank goodness we’re perfectionists… It was great to look at what we’d done and feel that we’d done justice to the fine materials, including the bespoke oak joinery and handmade roof tiles.
Here the photo shows the studio very near completion. Since the picture was taken, the outside has weathered nicely, and it sits beautifully in the rural landscape. It comprises an extensive studio, with storage and loft area, and is used by a local artist as a working space and informal gallery. We think the building itself is a work of art!