These days we find our clients care deeply about the appearance and style of their roof, as well as it’s functionality and history. With this in mind, we increasingly use sketches to show how the style and details of the ridge can best draw all of the elements of the roof together.
With styles of block ridge ranging from the subtle ‘Devon block’ (a small straight block, with no decoration) to the highly ornate ‘continuous patterned block’ using scallops, diamonds or ogee, there is much to choose from and much to consider. Throughout the South West, and especially in Dorset, there seems to be a move towards simpler designs of ‘block ridges’. I spotted a lovely one near Cadhay Manor the other day, with detail at either end, one scallop in the middle and straight block inbetween. The Treehouse on our home page had just one central detail on each side, and this one we are on now, shown below, where the complexity, and changing pitches over the eyebrow required a simpler approach…
Given that block ridges are a relatively recent style of ridging, it is likely that your home was originally ridged with a ‘flush butt-up’ ridge, which is the the simplest ridge, formed flush or in line with the rest of the coatwork.
These days, to change from a Flush Butt-up Ridge to a Block Ridge, or vica versa, you will almost certainly need consent from your local authority. Most Local Authorities also refer to ‘…changing the character of the building’, so if you want to make changes to the style of your block ridge, we would recommend speaking to your local Conservation Officer first. Using the sketches we can provide, perhaps together with old photographs it should be possible to argue the case for a ridge that suits your house well….avoiding the kind of mis-match that comes from wearing an Ascot hat with your work-a-day clothes…or a flat cap with a cocktail dress!