Handmade bricks from Imperial Bricks have played a crucial part in creating a unique self-build barn-style family home in Herefordshire.
The village of Canon Pyon is a rural setting, meaning new developments would have to be sympathetic to the surroundings and despite the property not being in a conservation area itself, Canon Pyon is designated an area of ‘agricultural character’ by Herefordshire Council.
Therefore, proposals had to be approved by the Conservation Officer, even before the local Planning Committee was asked for permission to proceed with the build.
The homeowners opted for a brick and timber clad design, as it was more cost effective than the stone building they initially had their hearts set on.
Working in conjunction with each other, the homeowners and the architect, Ferguson Mann Architects, decided to use Imperial Bricks’ imperial-sized Country Blend variety.
Chris Balme, Director at Ferguson Mann Architects, talked about this decision: “For the building to blend seamlessly into its surroundings the bricks chosen had to harmonise with the rest of the village. We chose Imperial Bricks’ Country Blend for its mixture of orange, reds and browns.
“The combination of the blackened timber cladding and the colours found within the Country Blend created a building that fitted into the context of the surrounding Herefordshire countryside.”
Country Blend is an authentic, traditionally handmade brick that is widely featured across the Shire Counties to build farmhouses and period country properties.
The brick has a textured aesthetic. with creasing on the faces and its versatility makes it suitable for a range of projects, both new build and renovation or restoration projects, particularly those within conservation areas or Listed Buildings.
The homeowners had to provide a sample panel of the bricks for the approval of the Conservation Officer; with their genuinely handmade bricks ideal for the most exacting requirements, this was no bother for Imperial Bricks.
Imperial’s brick matching service offers ‘off the shelf’ and bespoke blends of bricks to blend in with existing buildings, or for a regionally-sensitive approach to a new build, maximising kerb appeal.
With Canon Pyon, the instant ‘established’ look of the Country Blend helped the building fit in with its surroundings, as well as satisfying the requirements of Conservation and Planning Officers.
Chris Balme concludes: “We hadn’t used Imperial Bricks before, but having seen the product range and the variety of colours, textures and sizes, I’m sure we’ll be using them again.”
Grindle House Farm
Grindle Road, Grindle
t: 01952 750816
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