Drum House – Wells, Somerset

An existing bungalow was demolished and the site remodelled to afford space for a new stylish building that makes the most of its dramatic views towards Wells Cathedral, Glastonbury Tor and the Somerset Levels.

Buckland Timber was commissioned to manufacture a glulam framework structure which would form the basic skeleton of the building. The framework included a set of double-curved roof trusses, which would form the focal point of the interior spaces and offer support for the roof whilst cantilevering over the eaves.

Siberian Larch was specified for the project because of its inherent structural integrity and for the beauty of its tight, colourful wood grain. When laminated to manufacture glulam the different visual range of wood tones work well to produce a stunning framework, punctuating both interior and exterior spaces.


  • Project: Residential new build
  • Commission: Engineering design, manufacture and supply of curved beams and posts.
  • Client: Chivers & Co Ltd.
  • Architect: Batterham Smith Architects
  • Timber: Siberian Larch
  • Cost (approx): £94 per square metre for engineering design, manufacture and supply.