‘Chestnut Cottage’ was built using entirely Sweet Chestnut in the round for the structure and cladding. It has Cob walls with a Lime render on three of the faces. We decided to add cord wood and multi coloured bottles in these walls, giving a great variety of textures and colours. The windows are glazed with toughened glass, and give views of the pigs, chickens and goats at Ida Darwin Farm Shop, Cambridge. This structure is open to everybody who shops there.
This structure has a living roof, with the turf sitting on soil, a flexible membrane liner and then underlay on the tanalised planks. The upstand around the perimeter of the roof holding all of this in, is made of Oak. We used a lot of different building techniques with this structure. There are many ways of replicating aspects of this design, to create a totally bespoke Hobbit house of your own!