Clay Plain Tiles - Doncaster, South Yorkshire



Nicola Murray is a rare woman, an interior designer by profession with an architect’s eye for design and an in-depth knowledge of construction techniques to boot! So, when she decided to build her own home in South Yorkshire, her eclectic tastes and insight into the building trade really came to the fore.
The result is a stunning modern home, which draws its external appearance from influences as diverse as French Chateaux, Georgian townhouses and her local surroundings. Using as much natural material as possible in the overall design, no detail has been overlooked with stone mullions, a turreted entrance and ‘twisted’ chimney stacks adding real kerb appeal.
None of this was easy to achieve, but with Nicola’s construction background she knew how far her design could be taken. One particularly striking feature is the roof, constructed using hand made clay plain tiles in Dark Chestnut colour. Using vertical tiling on walls and dormers and feature tiles on the roof, the end result proves how hand made tiles can be used to stunning effect, on a design mixing contemporary and traditional features.
The tiles also allowed her the freedom to include features rarely seen in modern buildings such as the perfectly rounded turret. 
Nicola, who used to work for a roofing company, said: “I work with really good builders on all my commissions and Nick Leggitt the builder on this project was really supportive of my vision. Specifying hand made tiles enabled me to tailor the design exactly, while the use of clay was very much in keeping with the natural theme. Although I wanted to build my own home, I didn’t want a property which looked new and this tile fitted the brief perfectly. It’s amazing how many people comment that the house looks much older than it really is.”
Hand made clay plain tiles are one of the finest and most distinctive traditional roof coverings available, providing a rich and textured roofscape that will only become more attractive with age.
Nicola works on a number of projects each year, including a number of homes for DGM Properties across the East Midlands and Norfolk. She is involved with developments from the start, working with the architect, right through to interior design and finishing touches.
She added: “There is something special about natural materials like clay tiles. There is a lot of time and skill put into the finished product and I suppose that adds to the special feel of the property, knowing how many skilled tradesmen have added their own bit of character to the build.”


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