A trio of luxury new-build properties on Island Wall in Whitstable features robust, durable materials specified to withstand all-year wind and long cold winters
Three luxury homes, designed and built by Canterbury-based Kapra Developments, occupy a snug position, between golf course and sea, along the coast-hugging narrow run of Island Wall in Whitstable, Kent.
The three-storey properties, each over 360 square metres, have five bedrooms and all-round views from decks and Juliet balconies. The designs feature dark grey aluminium glazing, including lanterns and sloping roof windows. The placement of the glazing and the orientation of the buildings were devised to maximise the natural light and surrounding land and seascapes.
The exposed coastal location made the quality of the materials very important and durable products were essential.
Cupa 18 natural slate from Cupa Pizarras was specified for the roofing. It is a non-carbonated slate formed by tectonic compression. Cupa 18 is a lighter grey with thin laminations, a smooth matt surface and a superior, homogenous finish with only minor variations allowed in its thickness and flatness.
Natural slate is the most resistant material used for roofing. Unlike artificial products, the colour and the properties of slate stay unalterable through time with with minimal maintenance required throughout its lifetime.
Cupa Pizarras natural slate is sustainably extracted from its own quarries in northern Spain and has an exceptional lifespan of 100 years.