Western Red Cedar from Silva Timber chosen for RIBA award winning Wolden Haus in Halsall

Western Red Cedar from Silva Timber chosen for RIBA award winning Wolden Haus in Halsall

Silva Timber was chosen to supply Western Red Cedar for the RIBA award winning Wolden Haus in Halsall.

Architect Brian Young, from Liverpool-based BYA Architects, approached Silva Timber for Western Red Cedar cladding in his ambitious plan to design a beautiful house for his family that blends in with the surrounding area. Western Red Cedar was the timber of choice for the project because of its soft nature. It needed to be sympathetic with the area.

“Brian visited our warehouse in Widnes and we worked with him to find the ideal grade of Western Red Cedar. We always try to support our customers as best we can. We machined a bespoke profile for the customer and provided him with custom lengths of boards”, explains Stephen Roberts, Operations Manager at Silva, who also visited Brian’s practice and build location to provide consultation and follow up after the build.

“We considered various suppliers but we chose Silva Timber as they were willing to go the extra mile for us”, says Brian. No.4 Clear Western Red Cedar was chosen because it was desirable to have a few natural characteristics in the timber. The RIBA judging panel noted how well the timber blends in with the natural surroundings. Silva Timber’s No.4 Clear Grade Western Red Cedar offers an economical option which also exceeds grading rules while maintaining consistency of quality.

“We are very happy with the quality of timber that Silva Timber have provided us. I would have no problem recommending Silva Timber and I regularly mention them to others that are considering using timber cladding”, explained Brian.

The Wolden Haus won the Northern Designs Best House of the Year Award in 2012 and the RIBA North West Regional Architecture Award in 2013.

Silva Timber’s involvement didn’t end after delivery of the timber. Trellis was later bought and had weathered to a Silvery-Grey colour. Owatrol Textrol Penetrating Oil Finish was supplied. It restored the wood to its natural beauty and colour as well as provided long lasting protection against moisture damage and UV. “We always recommend customers apply a finish to their material prior to installation to protect against the elements”, explains Stephen. “Fortunately, should customers decide to leave their timber to weather and the results are not as expected, we have a range of products to help restore the timber back to its original appearance.”

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