Building Extensions and Additions

Sympathetic extensions and additions, seamlessly combined with period properties, historic buildings and family homes

Walnut Tree Cottage

Client : Mr Brian Philips

Location : Drybrook, Forest of Dean

Key Features

  • built with a Leca block and lime
  • composite slate made by Tapco Europe
  • turn key service

Brief and Response

The job was to build a new extension to create a new kitchen area and wet room. The existing cottage was build in sandstone around 160 years ago and covered in a cement render, creating rising damp and condensation problems.

We removed the cement render, repaired the very poor condition stone and lime rendered the whole property. The new extension was built with a Leca block and lime rendered to match the rest of the dwelling.

As so many lean-to extensions, gaining enough pitch to use traditional slate can prove to be a problem getting under the first floor windows. The roof you see in the photos is pitched at 15.3 degrees, the recommended pitch for natural slate is 20 degrees. So, how did we pass building control using slate? What you see in the photo is a lightweight, rubber/plastic composite slate made by Tapco Europe Ltd. It is so good that no one can tell they are not authentic until I tell them!

We offer a turn key service and have all the necessary skilled trades to complete every aspect of the construction process.

Parker SW - A Recommended Local Builder:

"I would be happy to recommend Alex to anyone thinking of undertaking building work. The work was of a very high standard and met all of our expectations. Communication was excellent and we felt we were able to ask any questions necessary, and trusted Alex's input. Alex put us at ease throughout the process and we were confident that the job would be satisfactory from the first meeting."
Kirsty Armstrong