The Black Timber House, Rodmell

IRO Timber cladding from BSW

When HAPA Architects was approached by a client to create an eco-friendly house located in South Downs National Park in Sussex, it seemed like the perfect project. Sustainability was a subject matter that was close to their hearts at HAPA, having been keen advocates of low-energy design for many decades.

IRO Timber - UK grown Larch external cladding was chosen for the project. HAPA chose the ‘charcoal’ colour, which is the darkest available in the IRO colour range, to achieve the Scandi-inspired ‘black barn’ aesthetic they were looking for.

The Yakisugi method is used on all IRO Timber products. It involves charring the surface of timber which is then brushed and treated with finishing cream. Using IRO's touch-up cream, which is typically applied every 3-5 years, helps maintain the water repellency of the timber and keeps the UV resistance stable so the cladding will still look new over time. IRO Timber products are preservative treated to Use Class 3, making it incredibly durable for outdoor cladding.

The project took 10 months to complete, with onsite construction managed by Brian Huntly Builders.

We were particularly impressed with the aesthetic of the pronounced grain and colour depth produced by the Yakisugi method of charring wood. We liked the way the sunlight fell on the enhanced depth of grain, producing definition in the materials.

Stuart Paine, HAPA Director

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