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House Types in Cheshire

Cheshire is part of the group of counties that make up the North-West Midlands, which were home to several timber producing districts in medieval times. The wooded areas of Macclesfield, Delamere and Wirral significantly contributed their forests for the production of quality buildings and properties by architects in Cheshire. Not only are still many buildings and dwellings still using timber framing to this day, but many buildings were made from timber at one time. The earliest example of a timber dwellings were all built with “crucks”; these were large, naturally bent timbers that often from an entire tree.

The architectural attributes of crucks were significant in many properties during this time, as they provided crucial support for many other parts of the roofing structure. In the earliest homes the panels between each timber frame were filled with an extensive range of materials in a variety o ways. In Cheshire, the method generally consisted of the formation of a lattice by forming grooves within the timber frame for the hazel wands. Early cruck-based architecture was only one storey, with the whole home being occupied by one room, or more if required. After several years of architectural design modifications, the idea of splitting the house horizontally to create an upstairs area was developed.

Whilst timber homes were being designed and constructed continuously throughout the Cheshire area, the unpredictable weather caused for more robust protection to be added to newer architectural designs. The result of this need for protection was the traditional stone cottages and small houses. The beauty of the character of stone houses is dependant on the area and the stone that it produces. The Cheshire area was lucky to have stone available that provided a variety of colour and texture. The stone appears to “grow out” of the landscape as the original uncut stone would lie in earth surrounding these stone houses.

The architecture found in the Cheshire and Chester area is truly fascinating, with a rich history of medieval and Roman buildings that still stands today. Contact your local architecture firm today to discuss the ins and outs of architecture that you may be interested in for your own property.

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