Waterproofing the ‘Pig-Sty’

Far from being a “pig sty”, this interesting bespoke self-build house belonging to Mark Elsigood at Church Stowe in Northamptonshire is due to be finished in late 2019. The building was named the “Pig Sty” to mark the location of the original building and was built by Mark himself with additional specialist sub-trades.

Mark chose to use Dryseal because of its strength, suitability for “green” roof waterproofing and for the renowned 20-year Agrément certified guarantee. The Dryseal was successfully installed by long-established family business E G Swingler Roofing who are also based in Northamptonshire.

Mark picked the Dryseal GRP roof membrane system having visited Stand 106 at the The National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon, which is open every day attracting over 17,500 visitors per year to 250+ exhibits.

The National Self Build & Renovation Centre’s Managing Director, Harvey Fremlin, said: “As the UK’s only permanent self build visitor centre, our mission is to inspire, educate and offer impartial advice. We are delighted that Mark discovered the Dryseal system at the NSBRC. Andy and the team work hard to give our visitors great advice and service. The Pig Sty looks absolutely fantastic, and proves that self build allows people to create bespoke homes that suit their taste, budget and life-styles.”

You can see from the unusual design that the roof incorporates two balcony areas finished with stainless steel edge rails and tempered glass balustrades, providing both first-class visibility and safety, and allowing clear views of the nearby open countryside. The two balcony areas are planned to be finished with “sedum” mats to form a “green” roof.

Dryseal Manager Andy Fell said “We are pleased that Mark chose the Dryseal system to waterproof his new home and are very happy to have also supplied our 20-year “leak-free” Guarantee“.

After the project was complete, Mark said “Visiting the NSBRC allowed me to observe different products and their suitability for the self build project I was undertaking. Dryseal seemed to have all the characteristics that I needed in a flat roofing system. I am really pleased with the final results of the Dryseal system in waterproofing my dream home“.