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1969 was not only Colt House’s half century, this was also the year the Hosking family built their own bungalow in Charing, Kent. Together with four good size bedrooms and far reaching views, this was the perfect home!
2019, fifty years on, and we celebrate a century of fine timber buildings and Mr Hosking is still enjoying his bungalow and the pleasant views.
We all think of the future and what it will hold for us in old age and Mr Hosking was no exception, after contacting our office to look at the possibility of extending his four-bedroom bungalow to accommodate a live-in carer.
It was after visiting the bungalow, it was clear that an extension may not be necessary due to the generous size of the two end bedrooms; an annexe could be created in the space we had.
Having just over thirty-four square metres to work with, a little bigger than a double garage, we had ample floor space to create the client specific specification.
Together we designed a unique self-contained living quarter with its own personal entrance door and a link to the bungalow through a lockable door off the end passage as communication and access between the two parts of the bungalow was paramount.
A fully integrated kitchen and en-suite with bath, shower, w/c and vanity unit, in addition to a bedroom with two small single beds and a comfortable living area was achieved without extending.
The conversion work was carried out under our LABC and completed within eight weeks from start to finish. Further improvements to the bungalow was also carried out at the same time to the aged electrics and plumbing, in addition to some new replacement windows.
Our client was most impressed with our attention to detail and respectfulness to his privacy during the work and was delighted with the end result!
There is nothing like being caught out by the snow….
Just as we thought we saw the end of the winter weather, the March snow prevented us from continuing with this roof for a few weeks. The Tyvek breather membrane and J B Red battens kept the roof dry and free from snow entering the roof space until the temperature picked up and play was resumed! Although Colt Houses added a dormer window over the kitchen in 2000, This 1950 steep pitch house has seen little changes over the years, now complete with a new cedar wood shingle roof and an order for replacement windows lined up for the 2019. This should keep the new occupiers warm and cosy for many years to come.
On another note, Colt Houses have chosen this roof as our entry into the Roofing Contractor of the Year Award, for the cedar wood shingle category. Fingers crossed!!
With a backdrop like this, you could be easily lured away from the attractiveness of a cedar wood shingle roof.
This stunning example of our craftmanship and the diversity of cedar wood shingles delighted not only the home owners, but the residents local to this historical landmark. Both sides of the roof were completed over three summer weeks. The roof on an earlier extension still holds many more years of enjoyment, thus not requiring replacement.
A full set of replacement windows and French doors beautifully installed near Ardingly in West Sussex.
Seventeen windows and one French door sub-frame were fabricated in our workshop in Kent and completed with white sculptured beaded uPVC frames, all with argon gas sealed glass units ready for a direct replacement.
The installation took six days to complete and with little fuss due to the diligence and care of our trained fitting staff.
Our clients were delighted with the way the job was handled from start to finish, now rendering their bungalow with improved security, warmer days and nights during the coming winter months and free from condensation.
The end of June saw the team travel to Scotland for the second time this year to undertake the re-shingling of the south elevation and Texnap 22 oil application to a 1960’s bungalow.
Look closely at the vertical shingles and you will see an alternative pattern to our traditional method of fixing.
With only two weeks to complete the work, this was achieved effortlessly by working some very long days, often until 10pm, with the daylight just beginning to fade.
I would like to say a huge thank you to our client for providing us with a beautiful place to reside, in addition to a stunning location to work.
Western Red cedar shingles or shiplap boarding benefit hugely from being washed down with a pressure washer to get rid of any grime, then applying Texnap 22 oil to nourish and prolong the cedar. Once dried, the cedar is a darker colour, but will fade in time, resulting in this beautiful finish. This treatment was recently carried out on a bungalow in Canterbury.
1969 was not only Colt House’s half century, this was also the year the Hosking family built their own bungalow in Charing, Kent. Together with four good size bedrooms and far reaching views, this was the perfect home! 2019, fifty years on, and we celebrate a century of fine timber buildings and Mr Hosking is […]
There is nothing like being caught out by the snow…. Just as we thought we saw the end of the winter weather, the March snow prevented us from continuing with this roof for a few weeks. The Tyvek breather membrane and J B Red battens kept the roof dry and free from snow entering the […]
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