Edwardian Aberdeenshire home given 'pickled' extension
July 23 2015
Situated to the rear of the home the extension features an open plan living space with floor to ceiling windows and is finished in locally sourced Scots Pine, treated with Kebony to acquire a grey patina with the passage of time.
Mark Williams of HRI Architects said: “Buildings are exposed to extreme weather here in Scotland, so materials need to stand up to the forces of the intemperate climate and the test of time. Timber is an incredibly versatile material with structural strength and visual appeal but there is sometimes a perception that it is not suitable for external materials because of the risk of decay.
“However, we discovered a number of years ago that you can successfully use timber cladding in Scotland but only if it is carefully considered in terms of material selection and detailing. We use Kebony in many projects; it is ‘pickled’ with a natural alcohol that gives it the robustness required for the often challenging Scottish climate.”
HRI first championed the use of timber in their Forestry Commission offices in Inverness, demonstrating the viability of UK timber for modern construction as an alternative to steel and cement.
images © Markus Photography
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