House builder, James Taylor, who owns PAARL decided that he wanted to build an eco-efficient home after the ever increasing energy prices hit an all-time high. Working with architects Goater Jones LLP, together they came up with a design that would use very little energy from the grid and would be able to produce a large portion of its own energy requirements. To help enhance the energy efficiency of the property, a strong and durable roof was paramount.
The luxury three-storey house is situated on a slope facing the Surrey Downs. The interior features six bedrooms, five bathrooms and includes a home cinema. The Rosemary Clay Craftsman tile in the Albury finish – a traditional warm dark reddish clay with natural textures to create an aged heritage look – has been used both for the roof and the vertical tiling.
Speaking about the project, James Taylor said: “Having worked on countless roofs in the past, I knew that the Craftsman was the best tile for the job as they are renowned for their quality and strength. We always order extra tiles to make up for any breakages and in this case we had loads left over because they simply didn’t break. I liked the look of them so much, I even used them on the walls as an added decorative feature.”
The handcrafted finish of the Rosemary Clay Craftsman features a variable hanging length and random textured surfaces to create a handmade weathered look while retaining all the qualities and benefits of a brand new, machine-made tile.
Affectionately named The Plain House, the property didn’t even have a chance to hit the market before it was snapped up for the asking price of £2.5m
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