Stella Offers Stunning Focal Point for Cotswold Bungalow Renovation


When David and Elaine Tonge set out to completely renovate their 1960s bungalow in the village of Sheepscombe in the Cotswolds, they had a clear end goal in mind – to create a light, bright contemporary home, that would combine innovative and sustainable building materials.

Achieving high levels of energy efficiency was a major factor in the overall design. As such they opted for a recyclable colour coated GreenCoat PLX steel roof with a “warm roof” build up, consisting of a layer of high-performance insulation above the rafters, sandwiched between a waterproof membrane and a steel outer skin, which allowed for heat to be conserved without the need for a ventilation system.

Externally a flawless roof construction with clean lines, and a bespoke conservation stainless steel rooflight from Stella, were key to achieving the stunning modern look, a large area of natural daylight and the excellent thermal performance required.

A Flush Fitting Quality Design

The architect, Geoff Luxton, had initially specified another rooflight company for the project, however, David had researched the conservation rooflight market in some detail and was adamant that he wanted Stella Rooflights for his home.

David Tonge said: “Due to the fact that the rooflight was going to be such a crucial element in the overall design, I spent a lot of time researching the various products on the market. Stella’s conservation rooflight, with its flush fitting design and high-quality materials, was the only product that ticked all the boxes.”

The architect was so impressed with the rooflight quality and visual impact that he has subsequently specified Stella on several recent projects.

Exceptional Customer Service

The Tonges were equally impressed with the customer service provided by Stella; David said: “I came across Stella Rooflight’s website late one Saturday evening. I sent an initial enquiry via their online chat and was surprised to receive an immediate response! Their level of responsiveness, as well as their attention to detail and in-depth knowledge, continued throughout the project and I was impressed with how they worked so well with the wider team. Of all the contractors working on the project, Stella’s customer service impressed me the most.”

Working closely with the client and the project team Stella created a final design for the rooflight that would sit in between the steel purlins and create a wall-to-wall appearance stretching the exact length between the two walls in the stairwell, giving the feel of open sky above the stairs.

A bespoke solution

Creating a rooflight of the exact shape and size to fit the space was only made possible through the bespoke design service offered by Stella. A design which also enabled them to get the exact look they were after with a European Oak interior liner, a powder coat finish to perfectly match the colour of the roof, and high specification self-clean glazing with genuine glazing bars designed to match the clean lines on the steel roof and finish the look perfectly.

David continued: “The rooflight regularly draws complementary comments for how it opens up the space – it’s one of the first things you notice of the property from the outside and has created a striking focal point on the inside. It really opens up the downstairs living space, while at the same time flooding the upstairs landing area with natural daylight.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the end result.”

Bespoke Rooflight Specification

Manufactured From 316 Stainless Steel
Internal Rafter Size 1500mm (w) x 1800mm (h)
Single Outer Frame
2 x Fixed Casements (Non Opening)
Casements 1500mm x 900mm / One Above The Other With Gap For Purlin
2 x Glazing Bars / 3 x Double Glazed Units Per Casement
RAL7001 Silver Grey Powder Coat Matt Finish In C5 Marine Application
European Oak Interior Liner (No Rebate On Inside Edge)

Double Glazing Specification: 4mm Toughened Bio-Clean Natura Self-Clean & Solar Control
16mm Black Warm Edge Spacer (Argon Gas)
4mm Toughened Planitherm One

Project contacts
Architect: Geoff Luxton
Builder Julian Lloyd
Roofing contractor Q&M