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Fursdon, Merton

Jan & Jeremy Sharpe are building contractors specialising the repair of historic building as we well as manufacturers and suppliers of materials including lime putty, plaster and render. When they found and bought a site in the village they lived in, they wanted their new house to reflect their business interests and products and show how they can be used in a contemporary and sustainable building. As they worked on cob buildings, this was the choice of the material for the walls with lime plaster and render. The lower ground level was built party into the ground of the sloping site. For this we designed retaining walls and foundations to create the below ground accommodation as well as the structure of the building above ground from the Glulam roof beams down through the cob walls which sit on the foundations. We took special care to create the stairs and landing which sails across the main entrance lobby that is open to the roof and bridges across it with tapered sections of Glulam cut from straight beams and glued together with the joints marked out with narrow strips of a dark hardwood and bounded by glass balustrade. An earthen floor was also incorporated in the upper ground floor laid on the concrete beam and block construction. For further details, visit their web site.

Client and Builders – Jeremy & Jan Sharpe
Architect – Bedford Jobson