Copper in Architecture-19 Birchen Lane

Richard Ewen Architects was given a unique opportunity by Mr and Mrs Andrew Erritt to design a kitchen extension and roof conversion that would complement their detached 1980’s house in Haywards Heath, West Sussex.


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REA encouraged the client to consider the use of copper as a suitable covering and finish to a shallow pitched roof forming the kitchen extension, together with razor sharp edged profiles to the new dormer windows within the roof space.

REA used copper because it is the most appropriate and versatile material for a shallow pitched roof providing a lightweight covering with a colouring to match the existing clay tiles of the house. In addition, REA also choose to use a copper sheet finish for its low maintenance qualities, especially when detailing the 6 No. high level dormer windows, to this roof conversion completed in March 2011.

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