The project to convert a Late Edwardian purpose-built garage and car showroom into a stunning 21st Century modern home was the dream of architect and homeowner Sean Kember . The property was first designed and constructed in 1909 by local architect Thomas Hedges , for the Williams Brothers . The building remained a car showroom for over 100 years and to this day the building remains somewhat of an icon in the local area .
Conscious of the building ’ s local history and importance the new owners were careful to preserve the original fabric of the building , while undertaking the much needed renovation works , which would breathe new life into the building and transform it into their new dream seaside home .
A large part of the renovation and conversion works included the complete rebuilding of the old steel structured roof with new timbers and the installation of large conservation rooflights , which would flood the large open internal space with natural daylight .
Stella Rooflight were commissioned to produce a total of 12 bespoke conservation rooflights to fit the new openings . 10 smaller rooflights , which comprised of 6 opening and 4 fixed frames , were designed to fit internal rafters of 690mm x 940mm and 550mm x 740mm . A much larger non opening rooflight which was sized at 3000mm wide x 3500mm high was designed as a grand centre piece in the roof . This rooflight was supplied in two sections which were purpose designed to sit one on top of the other , with each section being divided into three panes .
All 12 rooflights were manufactured using marine grade stainless steel and finished in a high quality C5 marine grade
black powder coating . An important consideration given the building ’ s coastal location and the propensity to rust associated with mild carbon steel rooflights .
The Stella rooflights also included a high specification glazing with BioClean Self-Clean , Solar Control outer pane with a warm edge spacer filled with Argon Gas . The internal glass panel used Planitherm Comfort Plus to provide the perfect balance of light , warmth and comfort . The rooflight was finished internally with a stunning American Ash interior liner .
Due to the size of the larger rooflights , a specialist crane was required to lift the rooflights from the delivery vehicle , over
the building and directly into place . The installation required careful planning , which was overseen by local specialist roofing contractor Ben Valentine-Lynden from Blackpool Industrial Roofing .
Ben said : “ Throughout the process we dealt directly with Paul at Stella . He was incredibly helpful throughout , advising us on the whole installation from the crane lift to weather proofing the roof lights . Paul was also happy to schedule the arrival of the rooflights to suit us and the weather , on arrival the units were packaged excellently and made for an easy transition from wagon to roof .
“ Overall I think these are a great product , easy enough to install and the