September 24, 2020

The Zinc House

Zinc is like the dark horse of metal. In fact, it barely registers on most people’s radars. There aren’t many roofing and cladding materials though, that can match the merits of this silvery aesthetic metal, for its longevity, durability and resiliency.

In August, we got started on the development of our first Zinc House – a modern and striking house in Catherine-de-Barnes in Solihull, for a private client. It’s been designed by local architect James Hughes at A2 Architecture. We’ve known each other for several years and this the second project we’ve worked on together.

Zinc is becoming more and more popular with architects because the end results can look spectacular, with crisp and clean metalwork – and because they stand the test of time. Essentially, what Architects are doing is creating a piece of art. Even people that aren’t fans of modern or contemporary architecture, usually appreciate houses that incorporate this metal, because they are so unique.

This particular Zinc House is an eye-catching family home set in an existing garden. It’s some 2000ft2, consisting of four bedrooms, an open plan kitchen-dining-living area, as well as a study and playroom. It features full height projected glazing and statement pieces throughout. It’s being built using Wienerberger Alverna bricks, along with a zinc cladded roof and first floor zinc external panel finish – in its natural greyish tint. Eventually, it will weather to an attractive lead-like tone over time, if left untreated.

What we’ve noticed with Zinc, is a trend – there’s a resurgence in its popularity because there’s an increasing demand for eco-friendly products. Homeowners as well as businesses are looking for ways to not only reduce energy costs, but to do their bit to cut down the harmful impact to the environment. This metal has been around for hundreds of years and is great for eco-friendly construction. It’s a durable metal, best-known for its ability to keep away corrosion. Not only that, but it’s resistant to fire, insect and mould. Perhaps it’s ‘pièce de résistance’ is that if you scratch it, Zinc self-heals. It actually repairs itself. What’s not to like!

What’s great about this project, is that we’re building the Zinc House for a private client – who is also a director of one of our main clients. It means a lot to the team at Enrok. Not only does he trust us with the build of their firms commercial residential developments – he trusts us with this private build too. We’re delighted. We’ll definitely keep you posted on developments.