Shou Sugi Ban, from Exterior Solutions, was used on the exterior finish of this modern extension design by Conibere Phillips Architects. Exterior Solutions have manufactured Shou Sugi Ban in the UK since 2008 and have supplied this luxury finish to projects in the Middle East, Hong Kong and Europe.
Charred timber cladding can be used for many applications, both internally and externally, to create a luxury texture to the design. To this extension charred timber cladding was used on the exterior of the rear extension to add depth to the design.
The extension of this property also featured several glazing installations including a large structural glass window, which has been designed into a bespoke window seat. A three-pane bi-folding door system was installed leading from the ground floor kitchen/dining space leading out onto the wooden decked outdoor seating area.
The design of the outdoor space incorporated a focal point with the use of a projecting window seat that delivered clear views of the garden in which the homeowner was able to gaze upon their Japanese Acer tree. The use of the charred timber cladding will blend itself with the harmony of the surrounding garden without disturbing the existing aesthetics.
The frames of the aluminium bifolding doors were Polyester Powder Coated (PPC) in a black RAL colour to match the charred timber aesthetic. To recreate this look, you can see the Shou Sugi Ban timber from Exterior Solutions and Sieger Aluminium Glazing Systems in the showroom side by side. The cladding structure, a treated C16 pine fixed with stainless fixings hides the guttering and downpipe, an exterior garden tap and a cat flap tunnel arrangement.
The Siberian Larch cladding was surface fixed with stainless fixings. The soffit boards and window reveals were also trimmed with Charred timber manufactured as a special order whilst the project was on site. This allowed for exact dimensions to be taken and the timber was delivered the next day to allow the project to complete on schedule.
Karl Harrison said "I love the contrast between the black shear of the facade against the Thuja Plicata Western Red Cedar trellis, I can't wait to see this once it has turned grey, and this will complete the colour palette of black and greys. A beautiful design."
Charred timber cladding is most commonly used for exterior application in most projects. However, internal use of the product is possible dependant on the correct timber and moisture content. The Shou Sugi Ban burnt timber cladding is created using the traditional Japanese process of burning timber faces to create a beautiful and durable timber finish. The result is a unique and textured decking or wall cladding material suitable for rustic or contemporary design finishes, which has been created for this project.
The garden design compliments the aesthetic of the natural charred timber due to the choice of mature plants within the garden. A beautiful Magnolia Soulangeana 'Alba Superba' centres the garden along with various Japanese Maple Trees which can be enjoyed, no matter what the weather is, through the large window seat and bi-folds.