Cut and Frame House by Ashton Porter Architects

Ashton Porter Cut and Frame House

Cut and Frame House by Ashton Porter Architects

Ashton Porter Cut and Frame HouseThe Ashton Porter Architects practice have three residential projects that are part of their ‘cut’ series’. Each project manipulates an existing building; one is Victorian and the other two are inter-war. They all share a fairly typical need to adapt a pre-existing residential building type to modern family living, but all address the problem in a more idiosyncratic manner than the norm.

The third, and most recent is the ‘Cut and Frame’ House which was driven by the requirement for both clients to work from home and both have separate spaces. The connection between the house and the garden writing hut was therefore a key element of the project.

Ashton Porter Cut and Frame HouseThe ground floor layout of the two storey semi detached property was reorganised and the garden shed at the rear of the garden was replaced with a writing hut.

The existing house was internally remodelled and a series of historical, somewhat adhoc, compartmentalised additions and alterations were removed to provide improved interconnected living spaces.

The connection between hut and house is reinforced by framing elements. The main house has a floating seat of aluminium that becomes part of the internal seating of the house when the large glazed panels are slid away and a garden seat at other times. It is clad in highly contrasting anodised aluminium, and hangs from a discreet steel frame cantilevering from within the existing house.

Ashton Porter Cut and Frame HouseThe reciprocal aluminium element to the writing hut can either be an elevated seat with access internally by steps, or a display for artefacts and artwork.

Cut and Frame Info

Main Contractor: Allen Wilson Shopfitters & Builders
Structural Consultant: Constant Structural Design
Cost: £243,000
Client: Private
Size of the house before the project: 148m2
After the project:178m2
Writing Hut: 15m2
Start: October 2011
Planning Permission Granted: April 2012Ashton Porter Cut and Frame House
Build Start: July 2012
Completion: December 2012
Photographer: Andy Stagg
Kitchen: Howdens
Sliding Doors: Fineline
Flooring: Peak Oak Flooring
Windows: Velfac


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