One House, Many Challenges
One-off builds don’t come much more challenging than this new build house in Cambridgeshire.
The fact that the house was being built by sister company Pringle Heritage Developments (PHD) was only the start. The combination of a slate roof and a corbel brickwork design, as well as an unusual building layout, meant that the roof needed a set air gap above the brickwork and the last line of slate tiles had to kick out to accommodate the guttering.
Three different types of trusses were designed and manufactured for the job; all with varying depths of rafter which would normally mean different eaves heights. To overcome this, the trusses were designed with special cuts to accommodate the design, and hanging rafters to make sure the vent finished where it needed to.
As you will see from these images, where the roof doesn’t look like it fits, the rafter is supporting the truss to achieve the required finish above the corbelled detail. Gutters will be fixed to the top course of brickwork. Additional lengths of timber have been employed in the attic area to make sure internal boarding doesn’t flatten the required insulation.
In the event, all the pre-planning and detail paid off on this complex design and production job, the roof went on perfectly.
PHD Director, Bran Panter, was delighted with the result, and commented: “I always knew the roof was going to be a challenge on this build, but the RML Design and production teams have made an excellent job of it,” he said. “Of course PHD’s craftsmen were also a joy to watch in action as the trusses and rafters were craned and fixed into position.”
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