Boatbuilder's house

turnchapel, PLYMOUTH, devon


We teamed up with a local boatbuilder for this ambitious self-build project, carried out in two phases.

The first phase saw the construction of a studio workshop, featuring vertical larch rain-screen cladding. The cladding detail extends seamlessly from wall to roof, to give a contemporary and crafted finish. Careful detailing combined with skilled workmanship on site has made this possible – the hidden gutters were bespoke made from fibreglass. Slim profile powder coated aluminium glazing accentuates the clean lines of the building, with large format horizontal and vertical panes framing the expansive views.

The second phase, and currently in progress on-site, is the construction of a new dwelling, immediately adjacent to the studio workshop. The two buildings capitalise on a spatial relationship, sharing views over the River Plym as well as of each other, creating a playful dialogue. A steel frame superstructure forms the main volume of the house, featuring a cantilevered entrance and a large format corner window for the master bedroom. A secondary volume will be created with a fully glazed green oak frame, which will house the kitchen and dining spaces.


Services - concept design, planning, building control approval, fabrication drawings, on-site management