North Eggardon Carthouse

Powerstock, Bridport, West Dorset DT6 3ST

The North Eggardon Carthouse team

The North Eggardon Carthouse team
Bill and Bill Dawe, Barrie Meller, Toby and Viccy , Mat Bagwell,
Ben Stephens, James McLellen, Liam Poole, Ben Ward and Billie.

(Main photograph above:  Victor Crutchley studying his Carthouse plans)

Application of haired base coat

Ben Stephens applying the haired base coat to the lathe and stud wall. The lathes were made from off-cuts of sawing the main frame timbers.

Laying the screed

Richard Dawe laying the screed over the underfloor heating coils.

Laying the veranda

Richard Dawe laying the Portland limestone veranda. The stones were all off cuts from the sculptor at Brown’s Farm. Note the stone pads for the sweet chestnut pillars. Tannins have been leached with the rain from the wood onto the pads.

Studwork with warmcell insulation

Studwork showing the warmcell insulation.

Sanding the ash floor

Toby sanding the Ash floor prior to oiling

Garden entrance to disabled bedroom

James McLellan pondering the details of lintel, veranda plate and insulation studwork at the garden entrance to the disabled bedroom. Mat Bagwell is fitting the door, made by Barrie Meller next door. The weather boarding here is sweet chestnut and in the background above the kitchen is Wellingtonia (Sequoiadendron).

Laying some hamstone

Ben Stephens laying some hamstone for the threshold to the utility room.

The Carthouse demonstrates the use of local durable timber for the timber frame, joinery, cladding and furniture

– N. Eggardon sweet chestnut grown one field away

External – Upper level is clad in five untreated but durable timbers:
N. Eggardon sweet chestnut
Locally produced:
Western red cedar
Sequoiadendron or Wellingtonia
Macracarpa or Monterey Cypress

Windows and doors – N. Eggardon sweet chestnut

Upstairs – Locally produced ash (for floors)
Poplar (for internal walls)

Furniture – N. Eggardon Ash
Kitchen, bedside and coffee tables, beds

Other ‘green’ materials and techniques include

High recycled insulation

Warmcell cellulose (used unsold shredded newspapers) – treated with a fire retardant

Sheep's wool

Hemp – potentially a local agricultural crop, locking up carbon

Polyester (made from plastic bottles) in cavity walls

Lime –
Natural mortar, plaster, paint finishes
Natural insulation as well


Solar Panels and a large Log Boiler supply -
Underfloor heating
Hot water

ESSE woodstove cooker

Log Burner


Beds made with home-grown ash

Natural fibre mattresses

Light pipes

Reed beds


We have avoided use of PVC by using

galvanised ‘Linbab’ steel guttering

clay soil pipe below ground

non PVC electrical wiring


Sweet chestnut frame and roof – Simon Hicks
Furniture, doors and windows – Barrie Meller
Ash staircase – Mandeville Joinery
Electricians – P N W Electrics
Morroccan Tadelakt shower walls – Brendon Murless
Tiles – Richard Dawe, Ben Stevens
Carvings – Andrew Whittle
Rugs and cushions – Malabar
Steamed Ash Mirror – Petter Southall
Birch trays – Asaf Tolkovsky
Eco mattresses – Natural Mat
Two settles (genuine Hungarian and Dutch copy) - De Danaan Antiques
John Lewis
Windhager Log Boiler and plumbing - Wessex Eco Heat
Warmwell insulation – Excel Industries
Lime products – Mike Wye Associates
Lindab guttering & 50% recycled paper Fermacell board – Bradfords
Esse Stove and Mosse Wood Burner – Dorset Fire and Chimney
Firewood Lean-to (cedar shingles, poplar) – Lightwood Building
Reeds – Centre of Alternative Technology
Firewood pallets – Adrian Jansoan