Wednesday, 11 March 2015


I found some time at the weekend to cut out and fit the slate roof sections for the new house.

For this we use the Ratio slate sheets which I reckon are as good as you can get without doing the job yourself with strips or individually cut slates.

Ratio product has the advantage that the slates overlap properly, but on the other hand the sheets are rather thick and can be a little tricky to work with, especially when you are working on challenging buildings like the ones in Oberon Wood.

Now that the roof sheets are on you get a much clearer impression of the complex shape of the building.

There is still a section missing at the front of a building - a small bin store which is tucked away beneath the overhang - but I'll be leaving that for now because the wall (with dry stone cladding) is shared with the garage of the neighbouring house.

At the back I still have to add a dormer window in the roof on the right hand side as well as the chimney.

This was the trickiest section of slate roof to cut.  It was made in one piece and it was any taller I wouldn't have been able to make it out of a single sheet of the Ratio slates.

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