Infinity Galvanised Steel on The BuildIt Education House in Graven Hill (Grand Designs’ The Street)

Located near Bicester in Oxfordshire, “Graven Hill is the UK’s largest self-build scheme and the UK Government’s poster child for how bespoke home building could become easier and more commonplace.” For BuildIt it was the ideal location for the Education House, backing onto Grand Designs: The Street (to the west of the development).

BuildIt followed the design and build journey of the Education House in the magazine and online to give readers an insight into the process.

Once built and opened, at the end of October 2019, BuildIt’s Self Build Education House will showcase the design possibilities and practical choices needed to make over the life of a self-build project.

Grey-yellow RAL 7034 window frames

BuildIt partnered with Rainclear Systems, a leading UK supplier of metal rainwater and drainage solutions for the roofline part of their project.

Rainclear provided the right kind of customer service to Chris Bates, BuildIt Magazine Editor, ensuring the right products were ordered in the right quantities. Steered towards good quality solutions like Infinity Galvanised Steel gutters they settled on the plain galvanised steel for a maintenance free solution.

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“Rainwater goods are often one of those decisions that get overlooked during the early design phases, but have a major visual impact on the finished home”

The samples supplied by Rainclear helped with understanding how the window frames (in Grey Yellow RAL 7034), cladding render ad roof tiles could work together to change the character of the house.

Should the guttering and downpipes ‘pop’ out or blend in?

“At one point rain chains were mentioned, but the architect was not keen as they can be overwhelmed by heavy rainfall.”

One thing they knew was they wanted to steer clear of plastic gutters. “The cheaper stuff has a habit of expanding and contracting due to thermal movement, which can be noisy and will ultimately lead to it falling apart”. It didn’t offer the kind of life span they wanted. While Infinity Galvanised steel offered durability, minimal maintenance and attractive aesthetic at an affordable price point for self-builder. “The bonded zinc coating meant it will never fade or peel off”. And came within a whisker of an equivalent PVCu set up but gives a contemporary look, durability and is 100% recyclable at end of life.

Installation was straight-forward, as steel is lightweight, easy to handle, and uses rubber-lined connections or water-tightness o requires no messy silicone. Offset bends brought the downpipe around the first-floor cladding which sits proud of the render.

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