This Scottish larch timber frame shed was designed to house cows at the Dumfries House Education Farm in Ayrshire.
Steel and Timber
This is a traditionally constructed pegged and braced larch frame. Structural steel panels at each end of the shed allow farm machinery to clear the muck. The cow shed demonstrates how timber and steel together can be used together to create a practical, long-lasting building, that is aesthetically pleasing and sits comfortably within the context of the other traditional farm buildings.
Sourcing sustainable materials is at the heart of our work. Scottish larch was selected for the frame and reclaimed slates for the roof, minimising the carbon footprint of the construction. When designing sustainably, it is important to choose materials that are locally available and that are durable and long lasting.
Timber Framing with Larch
Although we use oak for most of our framing work, we do also make timber frames using other species of timber. Larch and Douglas fir are two durable softwoods that we often use for structural frames. Larch makes a good quality building material because it is slow grown, therefore it has fewer knots and imperfections than fast grown species. Like oak, it does not need treating, and is best left to weather down to a natural silver-grey.
Dumfries House was famously saved by Prince Charles in 2007, and has since become a hub for learning. Jonny has worked on a number of landscape structures on the estate, including the Peach House, the Woodland Shelter, and several bridges. He also built the Farm Education Centre where school children come to learn about farming.