The Moat House, East Sussex
In 2008 timber frame expert, Allen Dawson, set up his Family run Timber Frame specialist company Benjamin Allen Bespoke Homes. The Dawsons bought a plot of land in the small picturesque village of Ditchling located the foot of the South Downs in East Sussex with detailed planning permission for a 300m2 Sussex Style house.
Completed in 2010, The Moat House is a Stunning Georgian Style engineered timber framed home and is Benjamin Allen’s flagship design.
Allen took a huge risk and spent a year building this house, which he hoped would advertise his timber framing skills and help promote and develop his new timber frame family business. Testament to this stunning build the house was featured in Homebuilding & Renovating magazines June 2012 issue. Bereco worked in partnership with Parkers Building suppliers to supply all the windows for this unique project.
The flexibility of Bereco products makes them the perfect choice for unique builds such as The Moat House which required a high level of detailed bespoke joinery work. The Entrance Door features very detailed bespoke curved bar design and the high performance Sliding Sash style windows all have an authentic Georgian bars. The excellent weather performance of the Bereco Sliding Sash windows ensured the building had a secure water tight shell.
Bereco were able to supply products that were sympathetically designed and importantly approved by the planning officer.
When asked about their ‘best buy’ for the project Allen and Michelle Dawson said “the wooden sash windows are fantastic and came factory finished in our chosen colour of Gardenia, which suits the house perfectly”
With their wealth of specialist joinery experience the Dawson family have undertaken much of the project themselves with Allen and his son Ben completing the highly insulated frame in just three weeks!
“This project is typical of the type of property we would put Bereco products forward for. Our customers often require a variety of joinery styles, product types and bespoke designs all sourced from the same supplier at the same time. The extensive Bereco product range enables Parkers to meet customers design needs whilst offering a high quality product with modern performance features.”
Ian Dear, Joinery Specialist at Parker Building Supplies
One condition of the planning permission was that the external facade of the building had to be in keeping with the existing Georgian style architecture in the village. Great care had to be taken when selecting building materials and authentic detailing was essential.
The Dawson’s have undoubtedly achieved the main objective of this unique project which demonstrates the detail and quality of the workmanship that is evident at the Moat House. Although this project was a big gamble for Allen and his family it is one that has definitely paid off and the family business is now up and running with great success.