Turriff Artists Studio

A loadbearing single storey artists studio in Scotland built to Barbara Jones designs in 2003 courses by Amazon Nails
Allan Sutherland
Written by Allan Sutherland

A loadbearing single storey artists studio in Scotland built to Barbara Jones designs in 2003 courses by Amazon Nails

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Province:AberdeenshireCity:Fishrie by TurriffCompletion:2003Type of Construction:LoadbearingDesign/ArchitectureAnna ? Based on designs by specialist consultant Barbara JonesClay/Earth plaster:Amazon Nails trainer Barbara Jones & Bee RowanPossibility to visit:NoPress photos:No
Residential acreage:75m2U-Value (Wall):W/m2KU-Value (Roof):W/m2KCategories:Straw Bale Houses in UK,

Sunnyside Croft is a 75m2 single storey, loadbearing artist’s studio designed by Anna X based on designs by specialist strawbale consultant Barbara Jones of Amazon Nails. It is cement-free and built in 2003 by self builders and courses run by Barbara Jones & Bee Rowan of Amazon Nails. Some contractor help was used for the roof and further plastering. It is a simple rectangular design with a mono-pitch roof. Foundations are simply timber posts standing on large stones – top soil was removed and the studio sits directly on the good bearing subsoil. It is one of the first strawbale buildings in Scotland, plastered with a hotlime mix. The bales were re-baled from large round bales sourced from a local poultry farm. This proved to be a problem later as some of the straw disintegrated – tests showed this was due to over fertilisation during the growing period as the farmer disposed of the poultry waste on his land instead of elsewhere. It is not recommended to use straw from a poultry farmer!

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Allan Sutherland

Allan Sutherland