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NFRC UK Roofing Awards 2020 Winner

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Richard Soan Roofing


Green Cottage
(Crowborough, Wealden)

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Green Cottage is an attractive Sussex sandstone-built house dating back to early Victorian times.

The front building was originally the groom’s/gardener’s cottage, the rear building was the coach house, and the link roof between the two formed the stables. In later times when the owners of the large house went over to using cars, the groom became the chauffeur/gardener and the coach house, the garage.

Further alterations have been carried out over the years to modernise the property, and the brief was to replace all roof and tile hangings as the owners had tired of ongoing repairs.

Works involved stripping off the existing roof and re-tiling with Goxhill handmade clay tiles.

The judges were impressed with the detail in which the main roofs met with the vertical areas, as well as the Winchester cutting to the large vertical panels and the herringbone pointing to the verges sitting directly above the gable. They also praised the purpose-made valley tiles, neatly cut into either side and in one visible area, carefully-installed hidden soakers which weatherproof a change in pitch between the main roof and the slight bell cast eave of a pediment.

Richard Soan Roofing Green Cottage
Richard Soan Roofing Green Cottage roof aerial view

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