Some classic clay Lifestiles roofs revisited

Ashbury Berkshire | Crowthorne, Berkshire

The Berkshire is named after this project, having initially been named the Bedgebury and the Bardfield at various times. Crowthorne in Berkshire is well-known for its association with Wellington College, a respected boarding school opened as a memorial to the Duke of Wellington in 1859. Darren Naish of Raven Roofing Supplies became involved with the project as a local man who knew the architecture of traditional Berkshire homes.

Contact was made with the owner of the land at the Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the NEC, Birmingham. 24,000 Berkshire handmade clay tiles were used to bring the new family home to life. The build is timber framed with a cart lodge and low level storage buildings.

Lifestiles - Handcrafted Pentlow Clay Roof Tiles - Petersfield, England

Ashvale Pentlow | Petersfield, Hampshire

Buckmore Farm Barn project was achieved using our beautiful sandfaced red/orange tiles that mirror the original colour tiles in the Hampshire area. According to Historic England, Buckmore Farm Barn is Grade II listed and dates from pre-1769.

At Lifestiles, we make the most of every opportunity to work with the best local businesses to realise designs and provide expertise on the application of our tiles. Re-Format are an award-winning architectural and graphic design practice that count the Housing Design Award, RIBA design award and Civic Trust award among their accolades. Re-Format’s designs, combined with the strong project management and skilled workforce of Agincourt Contractors, resulted in the complete renovation and conversion of Buckmore Farm Barn. What once had been a derelict listed barn was transformed into the new premises of a local architectural practice. As part of the extensive renovation, the roof slopes needed to be corrected, which formed a crucial element of the project. Using a combination of Spanish Slate and 22,000 Pentlow red tiles, this listed building was brought into the 21st century from a bygone era while retaining original period features.

Lifestiles - Handmade Heather Clay Roof Tiles - Bickley, England

Ashbury Heather | Bickley, London

Situated between Chislehurst and Bromley, Roxburgh Place is an exclusive collection of 5 and 6 bedroom homes built to a high specification and thoughtful planning by local housebuilder Shanly Homes, established in 1969. An old Victorian slate building was situated on the land that Shanly Homes had purchased, and Phil Ellis of Coleman’s was brought in to remodel the lodge house. While the interior of the house was to be turned into luxury flats, the exterior needed to retain its historic style and character.

Lifestiles supplied over 40,000 Heather Ashbury tiles selected by the local authority to completely re-roof the property. The development was extremely popular, launching in April 2013, and all the flats sold within months. The lodge house now has years of new life ahead of it. Awarding the best of both worlds with London on the doorstep and beautiful countryside nearby, Roxburgh Place is perfectly located for family living.

Lifestiles - Handcrafted Orange Clay Roof Tiles - Letcombe, England

Ashvale Orange | Letcombe, Oxfordshire

The Church of St Andrews is a Grade II* listed building that serves the parish of Letcombe Regis in Oxfordshire. The pretty village is best known for its racehorses, and the church has been a hub of the community since the 12th century when King Edward the Confessor owned a manor there. The church’s eclectic mixture of heraldic stained glass dates from the 14th to 15th centuries.

The church’s ‘Raise the Roof’ appeal was supported by the Ridgeway Benefice, running events such as ‘A Night at the Races’ to gather the funds needed to rescue the church from disrepair. This historic medieval church now has a new crowning glory in the form of 16,000 handcrafted Ashvale Orange tiles, blending in beautifully with the Oxfordshire surroundings. This new lease of life allows the church to carry on serving the community for hundreds of years to come.

Lifestiles - Handmade Red Clay Roof Tiles - Rudley, England

Ashbury Red | Rudley, Essex

Rudley Oaks comprises two new houses in Purleigh, a picturesque village that dates back to the Domesday survey of 1086. Conceived of and overseen by John Lawrence, a local developer, these buildings are very close to New Hall Vineyards, a family run wine producer with over 100 acres of vines.

John Lawrence handpicked the Ashbury Red blend during the design phase of the build, matching his vision for the properties and meeting his exacting standards on the finished roofs. The project used over 45,000 individual handmade tiles, setting off the houses beautifully with their subtly shaded scarlet tones. John now lives in one of the houses with his family, having successfully sold the other house.

Lifestiles - Handcrafted Foxearth Clay Roof Tiles - Yeldham, England

Ashvale Foxearth | Yeldham, Essex

The Ashvale range was launched in 2015, with all new shades and designs inspired by our clients and the parts of the country they call home. These high-quality handmade clay tiles began with the Foxearth, a traditional brown tile with a rich terracotta base. The first project to use the new Foxearth tile was located in Great Yeldham, Essex, 6 miles from the Suffolk border and aout the same distance from the village of Foxearth, after which the tile was named.

Lifestiles then liaised closely with the homeowner at Yeldham and Richard of Millgate roofing to make sure that this the first project ran smoothly. The end result is a fantastic rustic Essex bungalow using the roof space with the tiled dormer windows, topped with the new Foxearth brown handcrafted plain tile. A great advert for the time spent in designing the colours and the end product a superb example that will be around for many years to come.

We hope you enjoyed looking back on a selection of our clients’ projects and gained a glimpse of the breadth of Lifestiles’ range of clay tiles. If you’re interested in discussing your roofing requirements, please do not hesitate to call us on 01787 237057 or email us here.

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