Patrick Parsons started work on a house in Northumberland in 2006, transforming this derelict cottage into a cutting edge contemporary home. On Wednesday 14th September 2011 the project featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs.
The project involved three stages starting with the restoration of the Georgian cottage, then the reconstruction of the old watermill and finally the introduction of a modern steel and glass atrium.
The concept of the design is based around the spatial experience, combining the internal with the external environment through intelligent use of vistas, whilst the double height space in the kitchen incorporates zinc and glass to highlight the contrast between new and old.
The property is accessed from a sloping bridge and dam which create dynamic lines throughout the landscape.
The programme shows the ups and downs of the project, highlighting both construction and financial dilemmas, and finally the outcome of the eventful 5 year build.