David had a very clear vision for his project but had to make careful choices to make sure his plans would be passed by the planning committee.
This beautiful detached house is in a cul-de-sac and David definitely did not want to build it in the style of the other properties in the road. The yellow London stock brick was a bit of a risk and, although his preference would have been for slate tiles, he opted for clay to ease the planning process.
“I’m not that keen on large format interlocking tiles, to be honest. I prefer the traditional size and shape of the clay plain tiles. Rosemary was an obvious choice and I went for the Blue as it was the nearest I could get to a slate colour.
“The result is great. I really like the contrast between the yellow brick and blue tile. It’s exactly the effect I was after.”
Building your own house, even if you are an experienced contractor, is a big project and David tells us that he has yet to move in. “I run a business: my clients’ projects have to come first, so when we’re busy as a company my own project slows down. We hope to be in before too long.”
Keeping the college on message
The roofing department at Leeds College of Building is now a NFRC centre of excellence as well as being the largest college of its kind in the UK. Chris Messenger, lecturer in roof slating and tiling, takes us through a typical day at the beginning of the teaching year.
Ford plans to get motoring
At 26, Matthew Ford has won one of the industry’s top awards, the BMI Apprentice of the Year 2019 in pitched roofing. So now what?
BMI delivers high aesthetic down by the waterside
Offering a 21st century modern material performance with the appearance of a weathered hand-made tile, the BMI Redland Heathland Autumn concrete plain tile - from BMI UK & Ireland, the UK’s largest manufacturer of flat and pitched roofing and waterproofing solutions - proved ideal for a planning-sensitive canal-side housing development just outside Oxford.