We worked directly with the client on this project who was creating a self build and was also part of the Charlie Luxton’s Building the Dream TV programme. I was given a free hand to create my own unique zinc dormer design, to put forward for their approval.
The design I created incorporated a traditional standing seam on the top roof, a T Style standing seam on the front and side cladding, a coulisseau style seam on the front lower soffit fascia and finally a single lock welt design on the cheeks at the sides of the dormer.
It is likely that this design is the only one in the UK, given the combination of roofing styles and the fact that the T section style of standing seam used for the top front cladding, is of Russian metal working origin which would only normally be used in the UK for a hip or ridge sections in longer designs.
We know that the T style joint used in this manner on a Zinc Dormer and different methods entwined together caused a bit of a buzz, as we have received feedback on social media from fellow tradespeople in the UK and the rest of the world (including the Russians), who have been highly complimentary.
We worked closely with the client throughout the early build, assisting with guidance in terms of how the timber substrate needed to be built to comply with metal roofing codes of practice for a zinc roof.
This is the main dormer which had a view over fields and two Juliet Balconies were later added to the doors.
This is the smaller of the two dormers which looked striking in the T style design and the clients were extremely happy with the results.
This was a highly interesting project from a technical aspect as it’s always nice to create something new and original from time to time, especially when you have been in the trade for over 40 years. It was also a pleasure to work with the client, Charlie Luxton and his team from Building the Dream. Due to the detail involved and some adverse weather conditions the two dormers took approximately 5 weeks to create.