The Use of Timber in Modern Home Design

15 February 2018

How to make timber an integral part of a Modern Home Design

Used as part of the backlash against minimalism and stark modernism, timber is a tactile building surface. It's natural and sometimes uneven finish can bring texture and depth to building projects and feeds into the concept of Biophilic Design. Timber has always played a part in creating a stunning architectural building. Where prefabricating houses in timber began over 60 years ago it is now the norm in many parts of the world. In more recent years, timber has emerged as one of the more interesting building materials and is used in residential design projects around the world.

Not only does timber provide a beautiful landscape, it is an efficient use of a renewable material for construction it also offers a low carbon solution and long-term performance to new buildings.

Timber Framed Windows + Doors

Before PVC was introduced, timber was the most popular material in the window industry and still is in the UK. Timber framing provides a natural effect rather than the metal or plastic aesthetic that you would get with UPVC or Aluminium. The UK is currently experiencing a huge growth in the popularity of timber windows and doors which is set to continue long after 2019. This is mainly because the wood frames are both contemporary and eye-catching, looking stunning in properties and architectural projects AND offer the eco credentials not possible from metal frames. But timber windows and doors have progressed a lot since their inception. A whole range of timber-framed solutions for modern design is now available, offering a minimal and modern profile but with a tactile timber finish.

A great example of this is the Carminati Skyline Doors . The timber doors are designed in Italy and are perfect for luxury architectural projects. The frames are available in either Pine or Oak with a profile of only 37mm wide and offer the latest architectural trends with fantastic performance. Thanks to this insulating timber framing the Carminati Skyline windows offer an ingenious integration into your home and provide a fantastic level of thermal insulation with a Uf Value as low as 1.1 W/m2K.

The contemporary slim frames allow maximum natural light into a home while allowing it to be opened up to the outdoors. Large openings like this help make the most of large open spaces while taking up minimal room when opened. Carminati timber frames showcase the beauty of wood whilst being environmentally friendly and gets you closer to nature. Perfect for high-end beautiful properties. 

Timber Cladding

Timber cladding would be the next place to look to integrate timber into the design of your project. Timber cladding comes in a variety of styles and is arguably one of the most versatile and diverse of the building materials available today. Timber cladding can be leveraged in both interior and exterior projects. The main reason why many architects look to specify timber is down to the distinct shapes and patterns that can be created, which would simply be too difficult to replicate naturally in another material.

This new build house in Buckinghamshire won the RIBA House of the Year Award. Black timber cladding from Exterior Solutions Limited was major element of the architectural design and helped the new building reflect the surrounding countryside.

House 19 - Timber Cladding

Timber Flooring

Choosing the right type of floor material for your home is not the easiest choice when designing a modern home. Timber flooring is very easy to clean, maintain and is eco-friendly, as wood is a natural insulator it also helps to keep heat in. Timber flooring also makes a fabulous investment as it will last a lifetime whereas a carpet tends to last between 7 and 9 years. Venetia from Exterior Solutions explains that "timber flooring has never dropped in its popularity as it offers unique finishes style and design. Timber floors are synonymous with luxury. Its natural look will stand out from all the other materials and the colour and design of the flooring can be chosen to suit almost any interior scheme".

Timber Flooring by Exterior Solutions

Timber Kitchens

A kitchen is one of the main focal points of a property and so it makes sense to carefully consider the materials you specify. Wood is the perfect material for a busy kitchen as it is both water and heat resistant. Timber kitchens also provide character and warmth. The team at Timber Kitchen Island often incorporate at least one element of timber into a kitchen design. Their show kitchen at Sky House Design Centre is a great example of that. It mixes traditional in-frame timber cabinetry with a modern worksurface that is heat, stain and scratch resistant. For tonal change and texture, large butchers blocks of timber are used at either end of the island.

"One major advantage of a hand painted timber kitchen," says Max from Watermark , "is that is can be repainted. If you want to change the colour scheme of the kitchen of just refresh the surface you can do so very easily."

Timber Kitchen Island from Watermark Kitchens

Timber Furniture

To maximise a timber home experience; bespoke timber furniture is a lovely feature that can be incorporated into your home. Wooden furniture creates warmth, richness and welcoming feel transforming the mood. It is very easy to integrate them as part of a design scheme with a whole range available from IQ Furniture . Wood is never exactly the same due to the unique textures and grains. Wood is the only renewable building material available which is an excellent use of sustainability, lowering your carbon footprint.

Timber Desk by Cattelan Italia, Available from IQ Furniture

Timber Staircases

A staircase is going to have to cope with a steady amount of footfall over its lifetime. So it is very important to ensure that the staircase you specify is safe for use and is included in any of your plans or designs. Wood is a lighter material than the obvious alternatives of concrete and steel. Which means the amount of stress being placed on the supporting floor is lessened and is perfect for tall staircases. A timber staircase from Spiral UK starts at £5000 and offers a wide assortment of finishes available for your timber staircase; this will match your current interior and will also help to bring a sense of the outdoors in. 

Bespoke Timber Staircase by Spiral UK

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