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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.
In 1986, Mr and Mrs Luckett built their own family bungalow in Woodchurch, Kent, erecting the building in its entirety and fitting the many thousands of individual shingles to the walls.
With the passing of time, Mrs Luckett’s family realised there would soon come a point when their mother would require some assistance around the bungalow and maybe round the clock care!
The family pondered over the best options for their mother and decided they would contact Colts to look at the feasibility of converting the double garage into a suitable annexe for Mrs Luckett to enjoy.
The garage with all its clutter had a decent floor area to work with, in fact 29 square metres. The criteria, and most important concern to the family was a sympathetic transition. Although the family had the basic idea for the layout, our task was to make it work.
We drew up the plans and applied for the Planning Permission, in addition to a Building Notice application so the work could start immediately.
From start to finish, we removed the wide garage door, completely grubbed out the garage, insulated the outside walls and roof space.
We built stud partition walls, thus achieving a decent living space with room for a small dining table and a utility area off the existing kitchen. Access to the rear garden was achieved by way of French doors complete with low rise thresholds.
The bedroom, although compact, included a bright and airy front window and led seamlessly through a sliding door into a beautifully tiled en-suite, complete with a very low to the floor shower tray, corner vanity unit and toilet with pull down rails for future use.
Every detail was with Mrs Luckett’s best interest at heart; my own staff even had the attitude, “well this could be for my mother!”
We completed the conversion just before Christmas 2017 as agreed. Mrs Luckett and her family now have a delightful one-bedroom annexe to enjoy.
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 […]
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 […]
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