Featuring on Grand Designs

It was immensely satisfying watching Grand Designs (Channel 4, 9pm on 6th January 2021) as Kevin McCloud interviewed our client on his journey of a dream becoming reality, over 4 years in the making.

January 8, 2021, by Jo Mann

The transformation of a derelict Gothic cemetery Lodge in Fulham, West London was a huge gamble, but our client managed to navigate his way through the escalating costs and risk to be rewarded with a unique and extraordinary house, surpassing all expectations.

Light House Designs Featuring on Grand Designs

Simon Gill Architects (www.simongillarchitects.co.uk) came up with an ambitious scheme, replacing the public WC’s with a raw stone extension, digging a giant basement housing a 13m swimming pool amongst other rooms, and introducing light through vast glass walls and rooflights which all resulted in a flowing open- plan space. The really clever part, with regard to living space, was that each area had a ‘look through’ to the next or a glass wall which provided an element of privacy without being closed off.

The first challenge from a lighting perspective, was to balance the old with the new. A plethora of roof lights and glass walls in the new extension and basement sent shards of light in all angles throughout the day, yet the old original lodge had smaller windows and was naturally much darker. The second challenge was not to detract from the architectural design, with so many interesting angles and vistas, we strived to compliment, without causing uncomfortable conflict between these elements.

Here are some examples where we have hidden the light source, under the stair treads, within joinery and above ceiling joists, to enhance the architecture.

Light House Designs Featuring on Grand Designs
Light House Designs Featuring on Grand Designs
Light House Designs Featuring on Grand Designs

The space was flooded with light during the day thanks to the glass doors on two sides forming the courtyard, with views of the cemetery trees beyond, not in a million years would you think you were in London. The stunning gardens and landscape were cleverly designed by Harry Holding (www.harryholding.co.uk). By discretely lighting the external areas, at night it brings the outside in, transforming it into a magical land and a world of fun to be had… no doubt the client will do it justice!

Light House Designs Featuring on Grand Designs
Light House Designs Featuring on Grand Designs

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