Handmade clay tiles feature on show stopping home at Homebuilding and Renovating Show

Visitors to this month’s Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the NEC will get the chance to see first-hand a brand new range of authentic Canterbury handmade clay tiles on a real roof. Marley Eternit has provided the new Canterbury handmade range for an full-sized timber framed show stopping home, built by Oakworth Homes and Benchmark Self Build, which will feature at the exhibition in Hall 9 between the 26th and 29th March (stand number G117).

Each of the 2,000 clay roof tiles being used on this unique show home has been handmade by traditional craftsmen at Marley Eternit’s specialist facility in Keele. The tiles are available in three colours and a mix of Loxleigh, Burford and Chailey tiles will be blended to create a unique patchwork of colours, giving a traditional aesthetic for the roof, porch and vertical tiling.

Mark Twynam, managing director at Benchmark Self Build, explains: “As usual, this year our show house is based on a real home, Benchmark designed and Oakworth constructed timber frame, for Mr and Mrs Vivian who we met at the show in 2013. They asked us to create an oak fronted building, with a rustic feel to complement the vernacular of the West Sussex village they live in.  We’re bringing these plans to life on our stand at this year’s National Homebuilding and Renovating show and have specified the Canterbury clay tiles to achieve a rustic aesthetic for the roof.  

“The tiles will provide an authentic finish for the roof, which will be required at the home’s actual site in West Sussex due to it being a conservation area where houses are required to be built from materials that are complementary to the lovely old village.”

Part of the roof of the show home will be tiled, leaving the rest stripped back to show would-be self builders how the property is constructed. As part of the ETEX Group and sister company to Marley Eternit, Bracknell Roofing will be installing the roof at the exhibition and will play an instrumental part in creating a unique patchwork of handmade blends on the show stopping installation.

Sarah Jackson, marketing product manager from Marley Eternit, comments: “We are pleased to be supporting this fascinating project in partnership with Bracknell Roofing. The fact it is based on someone’s real dream home will give visitors to the stand even more insight into how a project like this is designed and constructed. 

“Our Canterbury range of handmade clay tiles was only launched at the beginning of 2015, so it will give visitors to the show home a chance to see something new and see the tiles in situ for the first time.  If they’re considering using clay tiles on a self build or renovation project, then it is certainly worth visiting the show home to see the effect that can be achieved with the right blend of colours. The handmade clay tiles complement the rustic charm of the timber framed building and give the roof an authentic handmade appearance, with the natural beauty of clay.”

The Canterbury range gives a distinctive handmade finish to any roof, with each tile as unique as the hands that made them. Premium projects and heritage sites can benefit from the high quality aesthetic of the richly coloured tiles, particularly in areas subject to specific planning requirements and where handmade roof tiles form part of the architectural vernacular. 

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