Fibre cement profiled sheeting has been used to give rustic charm to an ambitious garden cottage project, featured in this summer’s BBC2 Building Dream Homes series. Emerging architects PAD Studio specified the Marley Eternit Profile 6 in black for the roof and façade of Daisybank Cottage in Brockenhurst, to blend with the local New Forest surroundings and to stay true to the corrugated tin cladding used on the original building.
Daisybank Cottage is an award winning boutique Bed and Breakfast, originally built in 1901. The owners, Mr and Mrs Maher, approached PAD Studio to renovate the existing garden cottage in the grounds as living accommodation for their daughter Kellie, who suffers from Lyme Disease. The key aim was to enable Kellie to have a level of privacy and independence, while allowing the family business to continue as normal.
Uninsulated, damp and in a state of disrepair, PAD Studio set out to transform the cottage with a tight budget of just £100,000. The design objective was to retain both the simple and rustic vernacular qualities of the garden cottage, whilst making efficient use of space and light. PAD Studio chose Marley Eternit’s fibre cement profile sheeting for the building exterior to complement both the existing cottage and vernacular New Forest architecture.
Darren Bray, architect from PAD Studio, explains: “We chose the Marley Eternit Profile 6 sheeting for the roof and facade because we think the industrial and agricultural aesthetic sits very well within the context of the New Forest and because the material is more commonly used on local farm buildings, it is very affordable. In addition, the original building was clad in corrugated tin and we wanted to make reference to this but our client didn’t want to use tin again as the cottage contains sleeping accommodation and they were concerned about noise. The fibre cement sheeting doesn’t have these issues. We were also working to a tight timeframe on the job and the local sales manager was extremely helpful in sourcing sheeting for us very quickly.”
PAD studio wanted to make the most of the small spaces in the cottage, introducing long views through the building to make it feel more spacious and giving texture to the building, both inside and out. Many of the interior walls have been timber panelled to add a feeling of crafted earthiness, with the profiled sheeting from Marley Eternit giving a corrugated feel to the exterior.
Darren Bray continues: “We are very keen to explore the use of fibre cement profile sheeting on various other projects because it sits very well in the local New Forest setting and can be used well with contemporary detailing. We are also huge fans of Mole Architects’ Black House, which uses the same profile.”
Charlotte Hughes, product manager at Marley Eternit, comments: “While fibre cement profile sheeting is most commonly used in agricultural settings, there is a growing design trend by architects to use it on residential properties, particularly innovative projects like this one where they are looking to blend rustic and contemporary aesthetics. Our Profile 6 sheeting has very broad appeal because, as well as the visual attraction, it also provides strength and durability and can be used on very low roof pitches of just 5 degrees, as well as for vertical cladding.”
As part of Marley Eternit’s profile sheeting range, Profile 6 is a high strength fibre cement corrugated roof sheet with polypropylene reinforced strips inserted along precisely engineered locations that run along the length of the sheet. This provides maximum impact strength without affecting the durability of the product. Designed for roof pitches of 5 degrees and above and for vertical cladding, Profile 6 is available in ten different colours as well as natural grey, along with a comprehensive range of accessories.
Marley Eternit’s range of fibre cement profile sheeting also boasts excellent sustainability credentials including a ‘Very Good’ BES 6001 responsible sourcing accreditation and the ability to achieve an A+ rating in the BRE Green Guide.Darren Bray concludes: “Kellie and her parents are delighted with the finished cottage and cannot believe that her dream has become built reality, giving her the independence she craved in a beautiful environment, flooded with natural light. Through a combination of form, scale, materials and detail, this modest garden cottage building reinforces the character, distinctiveness and history of the site both locally and within the wider context of the New Forest.”