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Cedral Cladding Case Study: Riverside Retreat in The Lake District

A recent Cedral survey revealed that the majority of us hanker after country cottage style homes, with a nostalgic eye on the past and a pull towards nature. Almost a third of our respondents said they favoured the cottage look, beating luxury modern homes and traditional Georgian/Victorian style properties into second and third places respectively.

Next on the wish list for those questioned were unique Grand Design style homes, villas like those seen in Love Islands, Bridgerton-esque stately homes and, last on the list, the type of New York apartment buildings seen on Friends. It seems most of us would rather potter around Miss Marple style in a cottage than discover our inner Monicas and Chandlers in a high rise.

But a cottage doesn’t have to mean acres of countryside, a thatched roof and roses tumbling around the door. Read on to find out how to give the traditional country cottage look a very contemporary edge, mixing in traditional materials with modern facades and making the most of the landscape. Take inspiration from the real-life homes below.


This beautiful riverside home was given a stylish – and very practical – makeover with the addition of a Cedral Lap fibre cement facade. The stylish white cladding sits beautifully in the countryside setting, perfectly offset by the surrounding natural stone walls and foliage.

Located in the Lake District, the original house on the site had to be demolished due to damage caused by flooding. Cedral facades was the perfect choice for the rebuild with its resistance to the elements and minimum life expectancy of 50 years.


Title: Private house in Lake District
Building Type: Residential Building
Project: Renovation
Installation methods: Horizontal
Design finish: Wood
Colour: White C01
Architect: Trevor Irvin
Photographer: Trevor Irvin

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