This enduringly likeable house is dropped into a tight housing hinterland, surrounded by backs and boundaries. Above a highly glazed timber-framed base sits a set-back upper tier clad in profiled rigid board. This industrial-looking top gives a sense of historic continuity of use, belying the function and sophistication of the concealed base.
The cladding is one of a number of intelligent devices for constructing to budget, including the reuse of an existing slab as a raft foundation for the new lightweight house - a high degree and quality of off-site fabrication and the use of Nicaraguan hurricane-felled timber.
The house exudes humanity and warmth and is the work of a confident and clever hand. It is part house, part church, part caravan.