One of Riverstone’s greatest strengths is its versatility.

It can excel in heritage contexts – offering the same pronounced grain, low water absorption and low calcium carbonate content as indigenous slate, but with even greater strength and weather resistance. But its distinctive phyllitic sheen, longevity and comprehensive guarantees have also seen it become hugely popular for new builds too.

The beauty of its unmistakable grey colouring is that it looks perfectly in keeping with historic properties – but can also blend seamlessly with the sleek look of modern architecture. That was one of the key reasons it was selected for use on an ambitious new build in Stalbridge, Dorset.

Homeowner John Tuner wanted a material with character to roof the elegant and gently curved new-build, blending equally well with the property’s sleek lines and its leafy West Country surroundings.

It was a search that took him to trade shows and exhibitions around the area, until, at West Point Exeter, he encountered SSQ Regional Director Damion Fearnley. John was immediately impressed with Damion’s knowledge and enthusiasm, as he was introduced to a variety of high-quality natural roofing materials – including Riverstone.

Like an increasing number of high-end self-build projects, John’s sought to combine elements of modern design with more traditional materials, to create something that was characterful and unique, without clashing with other properties in the area.

He loved Riverstone’s colour and texture, and also thought it would partner extremely well with the building’s oak framing. He opted for small format slates to add to the aesthetics – and few would deny that the finished results look stunning.