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CONTEMPORARY EXTENSION FOR 1950S BUILDING

Renovation

A modern extension formed part of the renovation of this traditional Cotswolds building in Gloucestershire, UK. The addition had to complement the existing architecture, adapting the vertical façade tiles used on the wall and roof. Handmade roof tiles were created especially for the project, in consultation with the architects.
Building: Grevel Lane, UK
©Design Storey
Building: Grevel Lane, UK
©Design Storey
Building: Grevel Lane, UK
©Design Storey
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Building: Grevel Lane, UK
©Design Storey

CONTEMPORARY EXTENSION FOR 1950S BUILDING

Renovation

A modern extension formed part of the renovation of this traditional Cotswolds building in Gloucestershire, UK. The addition had to complement the existing architecture, adapting the vertical façade tiles used on the wall and roof. Handmade roof tiles were created especially for the project, in consultation with the architects.

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.

Building: Grevel Lane, UK
©Design Storey
Building: Grevel Lane, UK
©Design Storey

Excellent cooperation
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!”

Building: Grevel Lane, UK
©Design Storey

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.

Facts
  • Project name
    Grevel Lane, Gloucestershire, UK
  • Architect
    Design Storey
  • Used products

    Custom-made roof tiles

  • Year of completion
    2017
Custom-made roof tiles

Roof

Custom-made roof tiles – United Kingdom