Contemporary Wooden House Extension

Moosejaw were asked to construct a wooden extension to detailed architectural drawings of this striking design.

From the foundations up this is a completely wooden structure which incorporates all the bulding’s systems: Electrics, insulation and even even the drainage system.

Unusually the rainwater runs into concealed gullies and downpipes; this feature allows the outside vista to be uninterrupted by these appendages. Much of the practical detailing was solved by Moosejaw’s principle structural carpenter, Dom, who has specialises in roof carpentry.

The design affords a generous living space which is both light, warm and stylish. A solid studwork framing includes thick insulation sheeting, airgaps and vapour barriers, along with several layers of plywood cladding. On the roof a GRP layer was added by a roofing specialist to ensure a water tight barrier.

Across the roof, both side elevations and the gable end we attached 2″ x 2″ Sapele battens which the client requested for the decorative contribution they make to the overall structure. In the case of the GRP roof these needed to be glue bonded so as to avoid piercing the waterproof layer. All these battens were pre-painted in an exterior black finish.

The overall effect is stylish and modern, including the hidden guttering, which becomes a very pleasing feature and the black vertical stripes work well in the beautiful setting of this Whitstable garden.