15 June 2024, 09:29
By James Latham May 23, 2024

The house that James Latham built

In 2023, James Latham, one of the UK’s leading distributors of timber, panels, and decorative products, was involved in an original UK design project by Sterlingdale, The Daintree.

A 1950s bungalow set in a wooded glade near Wimborne in Dorset, Sterlingdale’s ideas were inspired by the surroundings to create an eco-friendly, multi-storey home that would fit harmoniously with its woodland setting.


Gavin Morey, director of Sterlingdale, knew he wanted to use the material as much as possible, whether in solid or engineered form, to meet his client’s brief – and this is no exaggeration, with 31 cum (roughly 21 tonnes) of product specified, it represents the largest order James Latham has supplied for a private, detached home.

"So, extensive use on the home’s facades aside, let’s take a closer look at this incredible project’s interiors and its remarkable use of timber across every room," says James Latham.


Internally, a high-spec build and premium features were essential. Likewise, no expense was spared on the base materials, with Oriented Strand Board (OSB) selected for the under-flooring as opposed to the more standard chipboard.

The interior finishes were equally impressive as the external ones. Solid American Oak and Dartmoor Oak Veneered MDF were used for the kitchen cabinetry. Faced with CLEAF FB49 Vulcano Ares melamine, its moodiness achieved "an attractively cool and calming feel" within the space, says the distributor. CLEAF was also used for the frontals of the bathroom cabinetry and many interior doors, providing visual consistency across the property.


EGGER decorative panels were then used to line much of this cabinetry, as well as frontals in the utility room, due to its hard-wearing properties.

Adding a final flourish of sophistication, dekodur Gold Brushed metallic laminate was used for the bathrooms’ trims, to match the rooms’ lustrous gold fixtures and fittings.

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