World War II airbase, used for the USAF 381st Bombardment Group and Devon, has recently been transformed into a traditional timber frame farmhouse by UK-based Timer Design. The design of the newly converted airbase is made up of two linear buildings that are connected by two walkways that surround an interior courtyard.
One side of the house features private spaces for the family, including bedrooms and bathrooms. The other side of the house features the living room, kitchen, dining room and utility spaces. In addition, the house includes a separate office that is useful for the day-to-day running of the working farm.
The eco-friendly house was constructed using modern materials, and efficient and sustainable measures were taken during the building process. Dynamic thermal modeling, an important part of designing and delivering sustainable buildings, was used to help predict how the house would perform over time.
Designers added roof overhangs and worked with glazing orientation in order to optimize the thermal comfort and performance of the home, in addition to including solar panels throughout. As a result, the house is carbon positive due to those efforts.
The house also features an enclosed watchtower on the roof that allows for 360-degree panoramic views of the farmland that surrounds the residence. The house is designed with traditional timber frames and has a structural system with steel detailing. The steel tension rods are visible throughout the home adding an industrial element to an otherwise rustically modern design.
Timber Design was able to uniquely transform the historic World War II airbase into a sustainable farmhouse that’s functional for day-to-day living.