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Charred Cladding Adds Contemporary Twist to Barn Style Home

Added 04.29.19

Charred Cladding used in Home Conversion

James Latham has supplied charred Accoya® and Western Red Cedar which has been used as cladding in the part rebuilding, extension and conversion of a former agricultural building to create a spectacular barn style home in Newmarket. 

Cambridge based, NP Architects, an award-winning RIBA Chartered Practice were commissioned to carry out the conversion with Arnold & Willis Construction being the main contractor.

Home Conversion Details

The main steel-framed barn has been retained as a double height space and re-clad in corrugated steel, whilst the lower wings have been rebuilt in a courtyard arrangement and clad in charred Accoya®.  Large openings have been introduced to frame views and form a strong connection with the wider landscape from within.

Hidden from the exterior view is a centrally located courtyard.  Here, a change of materials offers a softer palette which gives a more homely feel… the raw unfinished Western Red Cedar creates a unique and distinctive fragrance.

What is Charred Timber Cladding?

Charred timber cladding is a modern application of the ancient Japanese art of charring timber to provide a beautiful and long-lasting timber cladding and this is a technique that Shou Sugi Ban® has perfected.

Justin Hayward, James Latham’s Technical Timber Sales Development Manager commented, “The reaction to Shou Sugi Ban from the market has been astonishing, it really does have the wow factor and enquiries, and indeed orders, are growing by the day. “

“Charred timber cladding is becoming increasingly popular in the specification market.  Traditional techniques are used to give uniqueness to each individual project and there are lots of finishes and textures available for both interior and exterior projects - from the traditional, highly charred, heavily textured looking cladding to the sleek and contemporary finish.”

James Latham supply the full range of charred timber cladding products manufactured by Shou Sugi Ban®.  They also carry the exclusive range of Yukari, a traditional range of charred cladding products specifically designed for Lathams.


Latham Timber are the UK's biggest supplier of timber and panel products; to find out more information, contact us today. 

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