Black Box House

The Black Box House

Location:   The Black Box House, Essex

Wood Supplier:     Bennetts Timber

Architects:     David Parson RIBA

Wood Species:     Larch

Featured on Grand Designs

Bennetts Timber has acquired a great depth of expertise since its establishment in 1804. The sixth generation of this family business offer technical knowledge and flexibility through their own sourcing and sawmilling facilities.

 

A TTF Responsible Purchaser, Bennetts procure legally harvested, sustainably-grown timber from many different sources, seeking to fulfill specifications at best possible cost, and offer their expertise in finding suitable alternative species.

Project Information

Location:   The Black Box House, Essex

Wood Supplier:     Bennetts Timber

Architects:     David Parson RIBA

Wood Species:     Larch

Featured on Grand Designs

TTF Member

Bennetts Timber has acquired a great depth of expertise since its establishment in 1804. The sixth generation of this family business offer technical knowledge and flexibility through their own sourcing and sawmilling facilities.

 

A TTF Responsible Purchaser, Bennetts procure legally harvested, sustainably-grown timber from many different sources, seeking to fulfill specifications at best possible cost, and offer their expertise in finding suitable alternative species.

Black satin finish: updating timber cladding

Dense and durable, Siberian Larch cladding can be, and often is, used without any form of additional coating. The desire of the home-owners in this project, featured in TV’s Grand Designs during 2017, was to blend their modern home seamlessly with the woodland background in its situation in rural Essex.

 

TTF Member Bennetts Timber advised on possible coatings for the sustainably-sourced cladding, and the Teknos 3-coat system in satin black was chosen.

 

Imported rough-sawn Siberian Larch planks were machined in Bennetts Timber’s own mill to a profile providing for the secret nailing technique of fixing. In combination with the sleek black coating, this resulted in an exterior with a smooth, uninterrupted finish. Siberian Larch offers a competitively priced alternative to Western Red Cedar cladding.

 

Grown slowly in Russia’s cold winters, this extremely durable softwood has a service life of up to 60 years without coatings. Increasingly, specifiers are differentiating their projects by adding colour to buildings clad in timber, and also saving site time and contractor manpower.

 

Bennetts Timber have vacuum coating facilities and offer specifiers a choice of clear or painted finishes for timber cladding. The vacuum coater ensures a consistent level of coating is applied across the timber and is quick to achieve results.

 

A base coat is applied all round the timber then further top coats are applied to the exterior -facing surfaces. Pre-staining or pre-painting can include UV filters and water-based opaque finishes. Involve the expertise of your timber supplier at an early stage for best results.

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