Having owned and run their own successful commercial property construction company, Barnack Estates UK Ltd, for over 30 years, Helen and Rob Facer decided to use their expertise to build their own dream home. However, given the nature of their chosen building plot at Manor Farm Yard, a beautiful rural landscape set amongst the picturesque Cambridgeshire village of Sutton, the construction process was not an easy one.
As with many historic English locations, the build was governed by a set of strict planning requirements rendering it vital that the choice of construction materials kept in with the overall surroundings. This meant the roofing specification had to complement the traditional stone houses within the area while, of course, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the build.
The couple therefore called on the recommendation of their appointed building contractors – who suggested Aggregate Industries’ flagship roof slate, Bradstone Cotswold.
A widely revered choice in classic-style buildings, Bradstone Cotswold Tiles are moulded from hand-dressed natural stone slates via a unique manufacturing technique specifically designed to recreate the natural beauty of Cotswold natural stone.
In total, 374m2 of tiles were specified on the project and installed during October/November 2018. Aside from the obvious aesthetic benefits, the tiles were readily available in a wide range of sizes and are exceptionally easy and quick to lay, thereby vastly reducing time on the job for workmen – and therefore reducing labour costs for the couple.
As recommended by the Aggregate Industries team, the specification also included 13 of Bradstone Cotswold Slate Vents in order to ensure adequate airflow to certain rooms in the home.
Homeowner, Helen Facer said: “The choice of roofing tile was incredibly important to us – as we wanted to make sure the chosen product suited our style without detracting from the other local homes. However, the other stone houses in the area used roofing slates that are no longer available, so it was difficult for us to find a match.
“We were therefore thrilled to have come across Bradstone Cotswold roofing slates. The product is stunning and offers the look of natural stone while offering all the durability of a more modern product. What’s more, the Aggregate Industries team were a huge help throughout – from assisting us in calculating the exact quantity of product needed to providing it within just two-weeks.”
Jamie Stratford, Regional Sales Manager for the South West at Aggregate Industries, said: “As the project needed to conform to specific local planning requirements, it was vital to use products that was in keeping with the area. The Bradstone Cotswold Slates from our range of building products provided the ideal solution, offering an easy-application process, long-lasting performance, combined with a beautiful finish.”