We have a grade 2 listed gate house built in local Wealden sandstone and rendered first storey with clay tiles.

We were to build the new extensions in the same local stone with the furst floor in an off white render. Though the proce of the stone has shot uo to almost £700m2! Which means we can no longer afford to use this material.

We are stuck, unable to decide on an alternative material. Do we use a sand coloured brick to give a colour match, or do we use a contrastig red brick. Or do we render both ground and first floor new extensions?

Any help or suggestions would be grately appreciated.

  • Lindsey Davis

    This is something you should discuss with your planning or conservation officer. As the home is listed then there will be limits to what you can do, but I guess you have already been advised on this.

    Sometimes, the authorities prefer that you go for a completely contrasting material, and create an extension that has its own architectural merit. This is usually the case when you can’t use the same material.

    If tis doesn’t sound appealing, do take a look at a list of radical extensions we put together where homeowners have opted for a contrasting contemporary extension rather than trying to create a pastiche of the existing build. http://www.homebuilding.co.uk/community/breaktime/radical-extensions

    A few of the examples are listed so a good example of what could be possible with your home.

    I hope this is helpful,

  • Christopher Rowland-Smith

    Thanks for your swift response Lindsey,

    We are trying to work with conservation on deciding on an alternative material. but they have mentioned they like contrasting materials used on new extensions. Though they wont reccomend or suggest anything.

    I like the idea of render wrapping the entire new extensions, but worry that it would be too much render, as the new extensions will ccount for 80% of the entire footprint.

    Have yu ever seen red brick contrasted with sandstone on a building built circa 1800?


  • Lindsey Davis

    I wouldn’t class red brick as contrasting against sandstone, but that js not to say with the right application it won’t work. What I think the conservation officer may be hinting at is something different such as glazing or wood cladding.

    The main focus though should be on matching the design to the purpose of the room. For example, if the extension is for a kitchen or day living area where you would want lots of light, glass would make sense.

    However, if the room is north facing and using large expanses of glazing is not suitable, then consider something more protective such as cladding or brick.

    Have you got an architect working on the plans? They should work with you and their local knowledge to come up with something suitable.


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