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Private client: Nick Tanton
Hugh Tanton Garden Design
Home Farm Observatories
Taking advantage of a natural hillside slope in his back garden, Nick Tanton asked Home Farm Observatories to create an observatory for him. The location gives low horizons and an elevated position to observe celestial events.
The structure is 2.5x3.5m in size, with a roof that slides open to uncover the telescope. Both the walls and roof were clad in Siberian Larch.
Nick used Silva Timber’s Siberian Larch to clad the exterior after visiting their stand at a landscaping exhibition and receiving a recommendation from his son, a garden designer. He explains:
"I chose Silva Timber’s Siberian Larch Channel Cladding because it would produce a watertight result with a pleasing aesthetic. I was very impressed with the existing website images and the helpfulness of the staff when discussing my requirements and also when ordering the timber."
The qualities of Siberian Larch were also praised by Home Farm Observatories, who made and erected the joinery:
"Siberian Larch is a gorgeous material that provides excellent weather protection and allows for dimensional movement. The Channel profile gives shadow line effects.”
Siberian Larch is a sustainable, old-growth timber that has been used in construction for centuries. Its popularity lies in the fact that it is aesthetically beautiful, naturally durable and long lasting.
Siberian Larch also accepts finish very well. Nick eventually painted the wood in order to keep it cooler in sunlight. If an opaque finish is required, Sansin SDF's range of saturated colours is recommended. This finish offers excellent UV and moisture protection for up to 10-15 years.