Location: A six-bedroom luxury house, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire
Developer: Belvedere DWS, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire
Slate Used: SSQ Riverstone®, Ultra grade, Grey roofing slate
Belvedere has an enviable name for designing and building some of the most luxurious homes in southeast England including several on the Wentworth Estate, one of Europe’s most exclusive residential areas. Set in an acre of matured woodland, ‘Glenridge’ is built on the crest of a ridge overlooking Bulstrode Park. The NHBC-assured house has a distinctive, friendly look but its unpretentious frontage masks a secret: at 930m2 (10,000sq.ft) and on four floors it’s a lot bigger than it actually looks!
A perfect example of Belevedere’s meticulous attention to detail appears high on the roof – all the hips are fully mitred, overcoming the need for unsightly hip tiles. It’s a detail that’s easy to miss but, once noticed, it’s hard to look away. Excel Roofing Contractor’s Paul Groom has been working with Ray Smith for more than thirty years and is equally passionate about perfection. “Keith Da Costa [Belvedere’s design director] specified natural roofing slate as it gives an established look and its versatility can be used to good effect. Good-quality slate can be accurately cut and its consitency meant that we could perform a perfectly mitred joint along the hip. The roof took about four weeks to do and cutting the slates for the hips accounted for at least three days, but the result is certainly worth it – even if you can’t see a lot of it!”