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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!
A moderately skilled task carried out by our highly trained staff.
We removed four full height windows from one room and a narrow set of wooden French doors and wall panel from another room, all on the same elevation! In total, 7.2 metres in length; the roof was supported with a steel portal frame.
The challenge was to support the heavy roof load, whilst maintaining security and separating the working environment from family life behind the screen wall.
Our LABC approved the structural calculations and in less than a week the roof was supported, the steel work in place and the doors were ready to be installed.
The objective was to add more light to the kitchen and bedroom, in addition to improving the symmetry to the bungalow. This has now transformed this secluded timber decked area into a pleasurable place to relax and entertain.
In December 2014 we were invited to a Colt House in Wingham near Canterbury, Kent to discuss the feasibility of extending the dining room and bedroom on a house built in the early 1970s. In addition to the extension, our clients, both very keen gardeners, had a vision of adding a small Orangery built off the side of one of the proposed outside walls, with a connecting door from the house.
We had a budget to work towards and together, we set about formulating the best plan to achieve their dream. The design we came up with was simple; we were able to achieve the Orangery within the ground floor space. Planning Permission and Building Regulations were approved by May 2015 and we started the excavation of the ground work in July.
We constructed the timber-frame panels in the usual way in our workshop and the building works commenced towards the end of the same month, July! The extension measured 5 metres by 5 metres and was constructed off the south elevation of the house, thus taking full advantage of the sun. The ground floor was sub-divided; the Orangery measuring 2 metres by 5 metres.
The exterior of the ground floor dining room and Orangey was clad with Western Red cedar boarding, while the first floor bedroom walls were finished with cedar wood shingles. The boundary wall was cement rendered with a Tyrolean finish. UPVC windows and white guttering kept the theme of the house and the whole job was completed by the end of November. The whole project was completed in less than one year from when we first met!
Originally built in 1958, the exterior of this this hillside property in Kent has remained almost untouched in all this time. Although the windows and shingle roof has been replaced, the cedar wood shingles on the walls remained intact and have lasted for almost 60 years!
When the current owners approached us about improving the insulation and replacing the shingles, this was something that excited us very much.
We decided to replace the cedar shingles with cedar horizontal boarding and dressed the fixed boarding with Texnap 22 oil on completion.
We had to apply for full Planning Permission due to the location of the house. The insulation and re-cladding work was completed under a Building Notice through our local Building Control. The Building Notice enabled us to start work as soon as the Planning Permission was granted.
The pictures demonstrate the procedure of adding insulation and fixing the cedar boarding, in addition to the ‘before’ and ‘after’ shots.
The work was completed in just over two weeks.
In addition to new builds and extensions, refurbishments and alternations to existing and sometime tired Colt buildings, can improve lifestyles and even add value to your home. This is evident of the recent changes we made to a Colt house built in the late 1930’s. When approached by the owners with this historic Colt house, we were delighted with the enthusiasm the client had for their home and set about discussing the ideas they had to make the best improvements! Read more
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New book! - COLT HOUSES THE HISTORY OF W H COLT SON & CO LTD by Clive Kennett