Shawm House, West Woodburn, NorthumberlandShawm House is a multi-award winning self-build and a truly unique project. An exemplar in rural residential design, innovation and construction, Shawm is located in a beautiful but exposed Northumberland setting. Designed for retired couple Anne and Tony Pender within the grounds of their existing farmhouse the house is the product of five years of collaboration between Dan Kerr of MawsonKerr Architects and the client’s son, Richard Pender. The project takes a complex site, challenging brief and budget constraints to produce an elegant, crisp and stimulating building. Remarkably, although it wasn’t the original intent, and despite no previous experience of building at this scale, Richard went on to build the house himself. Deemed in open countryside by the local planning authority and in the curtilage of a listed building it was granted planning permission due to an ‘exceptionally high quality of design’. The house consists of a timber frame new build which links to a small existing stone stable block. These elements along with the new timber framed outbuilding are ‘anchored’ to the existing stone wall which acts as a shield to the prevailing winds and an axis between the new builds.
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