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When you think about Colt Houses, you instinctively think about cedar clad buildings, whether it has cedar wood shingles or a mix of vertical or horizontal cedar boarding. Well, this is not always the case. Many Colt buildings in the past were clad with varieties of materials, such as brick, cement render, panelling, uPVC and colour-loc, to name just a few.
In 1970 a bungalow with white colour-loc boarding was supplied to a location in Kent. This type of boarding at the time was a new low maintenance board and lasted for almost fifty years. Although the colour-loc had retained much of its integrity on the bungalow, some more exposed areas were in need of replacing.
There was a planning restriction allowing only white boarding to be used as a replacement, so the search began for a good alternative.
After several discussions with the clients and internet research the only option to replacing the redundant colour-loc boards was with a James Hardie fibre-cement product with an authentic wood grain finish.
We increased the insulation value to the building using an additional layer of 25mm Celotex over the existing fibre board, new battens were fixed over breather house wrap and the fibre-cement board secured to the battens. Our LABC carried out the inspections and the whole job was completed in four weeks. Please take a close look at the detail and craftsmanship on how this alternative to cedar has transformed this bungalow into a bright modern looking home.
Mr and Mrs Smith’s dream of having their very own Colt bungalow built for them was realised back in 1970 after requesting a Colt Houses brochure by post.
Our services were required in Worcestershire during the spring/summer months of 2017 to build a retirement bungalow in the pretty orchard garden to the rear of the Smith’s family home, in the picturesque village of Hanley Swan.
The superstructure was fabricated here in Kent and delivered to site by Colts. The cedar boarding, roof trusses, windows and doors were delivered separately by their respective suppliers, all erected and ready for roof covering in just four weeks!
Our team of three skilled tradesmen worked the long hours required to complete the bungalow in the agreed time scale.
We handed the bungalow over in June to Mr Smith, enabling him to engage his local contractors to complete the internal fittings, bathrooms, kitchen, internal doors, etc.
We returned at the beginning of September to complete the Texnap 22 oil treatment to the cedar, cleaning all windows, doors and guttering after the heavy August rainfall.
The results of our labour and attention to fine craftmanship has surpassed Mr and Mrs Smith’s dream of owning a Colt Bungalow.
We would like to wish them many happy years in their new home and look forward to returning to Hanley Swan soon to celebrate with them, this fine tradition of Colt House living.
The beginning of March (2017) presented our first extension of the year and an interesting one too!
The challenge with this one was supporting the first-floor projecting bedroom whilst we built the foundation below. Four supporting posts and a beam had to remain until we built the perimeter wall of the new extension, so the new joist and beams could be slid into place, replacing the old supports.
Upon supporting the first floor, we completed the insulated foundation slab and continued with the build.
The extra space was achieved with the minimum of disruption to family life due to diligent planning. We could complete almost the entire structure, including plaster boarding and electrics, before breaking through; this pleased the family as security to the back of the house was a primary concern.
The ground floor family room with beautiful sliding doors enables the family to sit, play and enjoy the evening sun. In winter, this will be a snug retreat, enjoying the cosy electric underfloor heating In addition to the family room, an extended third bedroom with far reaching views over the Weald of Kent was also achieved.
The extension was completed with cedar wood shingles to the first floor and horizontal cedar boarding to the walls below, all under a tiled roof. The two flat roofs either side was complimented with gun metal grey fibreglass tops – Stunning!
At the beginning of December, we were urgently required to supply and install twelve windows in a bungalow in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire for the new owners who had very recently moved in. The white uPVC window sub-frames are stained African Walnut, blending nicely with the recent pressure washed and stained cedar boarding.
Towards the end of December saw our fitters return home to Kent and installed nineteen white uPVC replacement window with white stained sub-frames, matching the white cement rendered walls. Both examples showcase the subtleness of our replacement window system.
Adding solar panels to a roof covered with cedar wood shingles has often been an issue in the past due to the additional weight imposed onto the roof trusses.
Most modern-day roof trusses can often accommodate additional loads. However, some early Colt buildings covered with cedar wood shingles was never designed to take the extra load.
This is now possible to achieve thanks to the new innovation of Viridian Solar Clearline Fusion integrated solar panels.
Working closely with Environment Logic Ltd (the installers), we recently carried out this new system successfully together in Kent.
The cedar wood roof shingles on the roof was nearing the end of its life and was due to be replaced. This was the ideal time to take advantage of some solar passive gain.
We stripping the roof and recovered the rafters with Tyvek and 25 mm x 50 mm roof battens. The solar panels were then installed direct to the battens and the shingles fixed in place around the panels, requiring less materials due to the solar panels not requiring shingles beneath them.
The inline solar panels are both stylish and easy to install, sitting perfectly on the roof, taking advantage of the late autumn sun!
After meeting our clients in Charing this summer for the first time to look at routine maintenance and with their retirement looming, their request was to refurbish their tired sunroom so they could sit with their dogs and enjoy the view of the lovely garden. The existing sunroom to our knowledge had been there for over 28 years, so a complete rebuild was a priority!
We removed the entire frame work and built on site a new timber sunroom with deeper windows and a secure entrance door. With a bronze tinted polycarbonate roof and brown guttering, the sunroom is now a place of comfort and solitude. The inside was lined with pine vertical matched boarding with a new insulated floating floor system.
Our attention this summer turned to the Dover area when we were contracted to build a new conservatory to the side of a bungalow, adding insulation to the wall void, in addition to re-cladding three elevations of the bungalow with horizontal Western Red cedar boarding.
We were presented with the challenge of completing the whole project in just four weeks due to pre-arranged holidays at the start and end of the contract. No problem at all!
We started in July and began by removing the cedar boarding from each gable, adding extra ventilation to the loft space by way of installing our classic Colt gable-end Louvered vents to each end. Celotex insulation was cut and fixed in between the framework studs and a further 25 mm layer fixed over the top. New cedar was fixed to battens; finally being all dressed with Texnap 22 oil on completion.
The conservatory and insulation on the eaves elevation was well underway by the second week. We displayed the different cedar profile options available for the inside of the conservatory and all agreed the cedar horizontal boarding internally should match the outside boarding, thus maintaining seamless lines, inside and out.
uPVC double glazed windows and French doors in treated sub-frames were installed to the conservatory and a bronze polycarbonate roof with white guttering completed the roof.
Our expert joiners completed the work to the highest standard in the agreed time frame allowing our clients to commence their holiday with the greatest satisfaction.
In addition to supplying and building kitchen and bedroom extensions, this stunning garden room sits seamlessly at the rear of this Colt bungalow near Canterbury, Kent.
Due to the location of the garden room, we achieved this construction under the permitted development rule. Building Regulation approval was not required and the whole project was completed in less than five weeks!
The garden room windows are anthracite grey uPVC frames set in treated soft wood Colt sub-frames, retaining that traditional Colt style. Two Velux windows help to contribute further natural light due to the shading of the small apple tree. Cedar wood shingles continue the theme of the exterior, under a concrete tiled roof.
The stylish galvanised gutters and modern grey windows add both a contemporary and traditional fresh look to this timeless building.
Our clients were keen to have a quiet place to relax away from the TV and can now sit, read and watch the many birds that bless their garden.
Blending in the colour of this dark stained Colt House was always going to be a challenge. In the end, our clients decided they wanted to enjoy the natural beauty of the cedar for as long as possible before staining in to match the rest of the house.
Location is always a high priority for most people when moving house. When our clients decided to relocate to this affluent area of Tonbridge, downsizing was always going to be a problem.
When the property came on the market in December 2014 we were contacted by the current owners with their list of ideas and suggestions on how to improve what was currently there.
Reconfiguration of the internal layout and some extra space was the criteria! We designed a two storey master bedroom over a lounge extension and linked this with a flat roof to the existing kitchen, thus keeping the back of the house inline.
The existing kitchen was extended by Colts in 2011 and benefits from a Velux atrium roof light and French door. The obvious solution to this flat roof link was to add another roof light.
The foundation went in during the drier summer months; the building was manufactured and delivered to site in September 2015. Work continued on site until February 2016 – on time and on budget!
We are delighted with finish, although staining will be required in time, thus blending in to make the house seamless!
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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