Long Sutton Studio – A Celebration Of Timber & Craftsmanship

Called Long Sutton Studio and set on the grounds of an existing farmhouse, this modern workshop was created by Tom Lloyd and the London-based architecture studio, Cassion Castle. Set in Hampsire, England, the workshop serves as a garden retreat, studio, garage, and storeroom (although it’s easy to see how, with some modification, it could act as a small home).


Long Sutton Studio - Cassion Castle Architects - Tom Lloyd - Exterior - Humble Homes

Lloyd, who is one of the co-founders of the design studio PearsonLloyd, has his main residence on the same site, and seeing as it’s a traditional English cottage, he wanted the workshop to maintain that image. And so, from the exterior the multifunctional workshop appears to be that of a traditional barn, albeit with a rather crisp finish.


Long Sutton Studio - Cassion Castle Architects - Tom Lloyd - Entrance Timber Frame- Humble Homes

However, upon entering the building it becomes apparent that this is no traditionally built structure. The interior pays homage to the most sustainable and versatile building material available – wood (or timber to be precise). From the architects: “Tom saw the opportunity to combine architecture and craftsmanship to create something beautiful yet simple.”


Long Sutton Studio - Cassion Castle Architects - Tom Lloyd - End Wall Window - Humble Homes

The building is composed of a timber frame that rests on a red brick base, which is visible from the interior and matches the exterior of the existing cottage. The portal frame structure is a mix of timber and steel components – glulam beams provide the main to support the roof, with steel connections tying the whole frame together.

Long Sutton Studio - Cassion Castle Architects - Tom Lloyd - Timber Framing Detail - Humble Homes

Rather than hiding the presence of the steel connections, they’ve been left on show, from the bolts to the base plates. Each portal frame also has a small steel tie (a steel bar) that prevents spreading of the roof due to load. The construction details are simple, but elegant. The repetitive nature of the timber framing adds to this elegance aesthetic.

Long Sutton Studio - Cassion Castle Architects - Tom Lloyd - Workshop Exterior - Humble Homes

Window openings are relatively few and far between given the size of the workshop, but too many windows would make it look like a house as opposed to a shed or barn. The idea is to have the barn doors open as much as possible introducing natural light and also creating a connection with the exterior environment. Overall it’s a beautifully detailed building, celebrating both timber and craftsmanship.

For more retreats check out this budget minimalist getaway set in a forest in Czech Republic. Or Quebreda House, a lofted forest retreat in Central Chile by Unarquitecture. See all retreats.

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Photos: Kilian O’Sullivan

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

1 Comment
  1. Nice detailing to the structure.Particularly the bolted hidden web plates.
    You are right about the windows , too many would diminish the barn feel.