Scaffolding tubes at the ready...

along with the corrugated sheets...

The work begins.

The temporary structure spans the house...

ready for the protective cover.

The sheets are taken up...

and secured in place.

The structure is taking shape...

The scale of the project revealed...

 

Of all the Dartmoor landscapes that are famous, perhaps there are none with more renown that the mysterious mires… extensive areas of bog-land which have given inspiration to many, including Arthur Conan Doyle’s – The Hound of the Baskervilles: “A false step plunged us more thigh-deep into the dark, quivering mire, which shook for yards in soft undulations around our feet. Its tenacious grip plucked at our heels as we walked, and when we sank into it, it was as if some malignant hand was tugging us down into those obscene depths…”

  • Major roofing work in Aveton Gifford
  • Complete removal of existing roof
  • New construction and steel work
  • A remodelled roof in its entirety.

 

Aune Head, just south of Hexworthy is one such mire and it’s at this spot on Dartmoor that the River Aune – known by many as the River Avon – begins its decent to the sea, first running through the village of Aveton Gifford; the site of this major ‘roofing-raising’ project.

Pete Scoble “We have worked on some very large roofing projects in the South Hams recently, from the lead work at the Old Rectory in Dipford, to the specialist rag slating roofing work at Newnham Park; this roofing work in Aveton Gifford is shaping up to be a project on the same sort of scale.”

The first step is the construction of the extensive, all-round scaffolding with its all-weather cover, which allows work to continue through the autumn and winter months. With the temporary cover in place the plan is to remove the existing roof materials, but this is not limited to the slates and battens…

Pete Scoble: “With this project we are removing the entire roof; that’s all the roofing materials along with the structural timbers and some sections of the second floor walls. With the roof structure removed the entire upper level of the house will be exposed, while remaining dry and completely protected under the temporary cover.”

At this stage the re-building work will commence, first with the extensive remodelling and rebuilding of the walls, including the incorporation of new steel work, which will create more living space; then the new roof structure itself to support the battens and slates, the soffits and fascias along with all the associated guttering and downpipes.

Pete Scoble: “South Hams Roofing provides all manner of roofing work from the replacement of a single slipped tile to full heritage renovations, but we are also very happy to manage the complete rebuilding of roofs including all the associated structural work. This project brings together all of the in-house skills that we have and it’s certainly one to watch, so we will be back to see the progress over the coming weeks.”

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