Lawrence Grigg and Lydia Robinson from Design Storey, an architecture and development company, faced several practical and aesthetic challenges during the project. Not only did the renovation of the house need to create a usable space and add bespoke features, it also needed to complement the existing architecture whilst adapting the vertical tiles for use on the façade and roof. This was particularly challenging, because every external surface was clad in tiles, from the roof to the walls. Furthermore, it was vital that the colour of the new roof complemented the palette of the existing Cotswold stone walls. It was decided to opt for custom- made roof tiles, to ensure that the colour, format, and appearance all met these exacting requirements.
Lydia Robinson, the project architect says, “Our brief was a challenging one, as every external surface was clad in tile, from the roof to the walls. However, we were keen to create a monolithic and contemporary interpretation of the Cotswold vernacular – and Wienerberger’s Heritage Services Team helped us do it. From the visit to the factory to see our tiles being made, through to working through the design details with the technical team, we were all committed to achieving a high-quality result. Each tile is like a piece of art in its own right – in fact, we love them so much that we’ve displayed them on a shelf in the house!”
This house is now a beautifully renovated property with a contemporary tile-clad pavilion extension, and has been featured on the British TV Show Best Laid Plans.
Project nameGrevel Lane, Gloucestershire, UK
Custom-made roof tiles
Year of completion2017