Green Oak, Hampshire

Green Oak, Hampshire


Joe Shimbart has built a Green Oak home for himself and his family on a south facing half acre plot in South Hampshire. It’s a semi-rural location surrounded by farmland and not far from the Hampshire coast. “I spent a lot of time researching how I would go about this project,” says Joe, “as I have always loved oak framed properties and the look and feel they give, that was my chosen framework for our new build.”

The new house is a three/four bedroomed 2 storey property with floor space of 250m2, with a double garage. The encapsulated oak frame meets the specification for energy efficiency. The wood fibre insulated slated roof and energy efficient timber double glazed windows from Rationel contribute to not just energy efficiency requirements of the client but also the sustainability aspects.   It’s unique design blending modern and traditional materials creates a timeless style complimentary to the local Hampshire architecture and countryside.

Natural light indoors, access to incredible views of the sea in the distance, and solar gain were important to Joe in the consideration of choice of windows fenestration and materials.

The architects for the project were Roderick James LLP, and windows were provided by Rationel’s distributors Landmark Windows. Open plan living space is heated by an underfloor system which is gas fired.

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“Having seen Rationel’s windows on their display at the Homebuilding and Renovation Show, helped me decide on my product choice, and being able to deal with a local distributor who came out and measured up was a real help.”

Wind and weather resistance were important features for Joe’s choice of windows. And he specified aluminium cladding to the exterior finish of the natural timber frames.  “There is little to stop the driving wind and rain here on a bad day,” continues Joe, “in our magnificent location close to the coast. And I was keen to reduce my maintenance tasks on a south facing building.  The aluminium cladding on these windows negates the need for regular painting, as the metal covering protects the natural timber and doesn’t fade with the heat of the sun. It gives them a tremendously long life in use.  The aluminium window cladding allowed me to have different colours internally and externally. I found my local Rationel distributer Landmark Windows to be extremely helpful throughout. They provided a high level of customer service before and after delivery. “

Rationel’s windows specification with good security, excellent weather resistance, and great u values from double glazed units, were the choice, from the Aldus range. These have a substantial treated softwood frame, and simple Scandinavian ironmongery. 

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