Structurelle Structural Engineers

Hill House, Ford Wiltshire

This two-storey oak cruck-framed house is a bed and breakfast extension to a 1960s house – with a twist. Part self-build, the project was designed to achieve high environmental standards from the outset, and is unusual in a number of respects.


The frame uses traditional pegged and morticed and tenoned connections, and Structurelle worked closely with a local timber supplier to source the right materials. We were also consulted over the use of straw bale infill panels for the walls and rammed earth floors at ground level. The exterior of the extension features self- built rainscreen panels which use eco timbers.


A particular feature of the oak timbers is the degree of twist in the frame – an aspect that is sure to be a talking point for anyone who visits the house.