Whether you’ve recently invested in a self-build, are planning one in the foreseeable future, or are simply dreaming up new ways to improve your home – there are certain elements that make all the difference to both the interior and exterior of your home.

We’ve consulted Homebuilding and Renovating Magazine to get the low-down of the key trends sure to be big in 2016 – and over the next few blogs we’ll be sharing details of those trends that might make all the difference to a timber framed property.

Slate Cladding

“Drawing inspiration from the local area and reinterpreting traditional materials and details in interesting ways is one means of grounding modern new builds and extensions within the vernacular.”

One of the great advantages of investing in a timber frame is that there are so many possibilities when it comes to the appearance of the exterior. Our frames are compatible with all sorts of cladding, and the SIPS provide a superstructure on which you can fix any material you wish.


Although slate is naturally associated with roofing, it’s actually an incredibly versatile material and this new trend for slate cladding can look marvelous when combined with a slate roof, so there is a flow in the aesthetic. The modern and clean lines create a great mix of contemporary and traditional design when combined with a green oak frame.

The durability of slate means it can evolve and adapt to suit all sorts of trends, and cladding is a natural choice. Another bonus of cladding, apart from the aesthetic benefits, is that it allows plenty of room for insulation, and cold-bridging is avoided. When the wood naturally shrinks over time then the weatherseal will not be lost.

For anyone that wants to transform their build with cutting-edge design, while also ensuring the best insulation, then slate cladding could be the answer.

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Above image from Archiexpo.com

Lead image from Homebuilding and Renovating