Gallagher’s Kentish Ragstone was used as the main building stone for Caring Wood, a substantial country home for three generations of the same family. The house was named RIBA and Grand Designs House of the Year 2017.
The local Kent vernacular was crucial to the design, which was inspired by the traditional oast houses of Kent. In addition to Kentish Ragstone, other local materials included 150,000 handmade peg tiles from Sussex, coppiced chestnut cladding from Lewes and terracotta floor tiles from Ashford.
This is a fantastic example of a project utilising local stone to achieve the client’s exact specification and illustrate the use of local stone and materials to an award-winning aesthetic.