Arbour House


Arbour House

The project comprised the extension of a 1950’s terraced house to create a more usable kitchen and dining area with a better connection to the rear garden. The structure was formed with a series of lightweight ‘kebony’ timber portal frames set around a series of openings along the roof and into the rear garden. The timber grid extends both into the garden and into the house blurring the boundary between inside and out. 

As the structure was exposed a combination of concealed and carefully detailed exposed timber fixings were developed in conjunction with the architect. The new side wall was reinforced to avoid any return nibs to create the buildings clean lines.

The project was featured in Deezeen and Houzz and shortlisted for the Don’t Move Improve Awards.

We have worked with SD structures on a number of projects. Their attention to detail is outstanding and their input has been invaluable on every single project we have completed together. Crucially, SD seek to understand the key architectural concept for the project and how the structure can respond to and fit into this vision. It means that the architectural and structural elements of the design are conceived together and are developed in tandem rather than in opposition to each other.

Their ability to develop the design in three dimensions is a fantastic tool for the architect as the design progresses but also for the contractor on site who is then able to see how the structure fits together in far more detail than with the information produced by most other structural engineers. We would be happy to recommend SD Structures for projects of any size and complexity.

Tim O’Callaghan