The UK’s biggest independent timber and panel product distributor, James Latham, recently supplied 880m2 of Western Red Cedar for the construction of four luxury holiday homes in Talland, South East Cornwall. www.thebaytalland.com.
The timber was machined to a special tongue and groove cladding profile and was used for the exterior cladding of the impressive properties. It was specified for its durability and low maintenance qualities as well as its ability to retain an attractive appearance when weathered.
Award winning London architectural practice, Mador Architects were commissioned to design these luxury properties which have been sold to individuals for second homes and investment opportunities.
It was important that the Timber length was over 3.3m as they wanted to avoid butt joints which would spoil the façade’s natural look and feel. This was a hurdle that James Latham was able to advise on as Western Red Cedar produces long lightweight lengths of timber with a fine straight grain making this specie easy to cut, saw, machine and fix.
It was also essential that the wood used for the cladding was durable and would require little maintenance, while providing a quality and natural looking finish. With natural resistance to moisture, decay and insect damage, Western Red Cedar also offers outstanding dimensional stability, is lightweight and easy to work with and is simple to finish and stain which all go to make it the perfect material for exterior cladding applications.