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The Property:

A large self-build residential project to convert two historic derelict mill buildings into a house with 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, workshop and office in South Lakeland.

The mill, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, had been empty and deteriorating for 60 years requiring full restoration.

Featured on Grand Designs on Channel 4 due to be broadcast in September 2021 (exact date yet to be confirmed by Channel 4).

Once broadcast you will be able to watch the programme highlights in the video below or watch the full episode on the Channel 4 website here.

The Designer and Developer:

An ambitious challenge by creative architects at Tape Design, King Street, Ulverston.

The Requirement:

To provide contemporary aluminium windows and doors with flat, square edged profiles in a dark grey paint finish. A very important detail was to ensure that the polyester powder coated frames were manufactured in a colour that was sympathetic to the facing materials of the mill building and site environment.

Due to the location on the narrow valley floor, particular focus had to be placed on maximising opportunities to enhance natural light entering the building and therefore design and layout was a vital consideration to ensure that frame work was kept to a minimum.

The Solution:

Marlin Windows aluminium window and door systems were integrated into a new timber-framed house dropped inside the footprint of the existing mill building.

Thermally efficient and secure aluminium glazing products were painted in textured Vulcan Black to work in perfect harmony with the different external finishes.

The main feature windows were specified in Marlin's EcoFutural system allowing achievement of the maximum unobtrusive glass areas complemented by Alitherm 800 casement windows being used elsewhere for natural ventilation and fire egress solutions.

Visoglide Plus sliding doors with slim interlocks were designed into the open plan living space to maximise access opportunities onto the patio and enhance views towards the beck and beyond.

A wide Smart Designer Door with low threshold and matching side lights was provided as a statement main entrance way with Marlin's Alitherm Plus door system elsewhere for access to the workshop, utility and roof garden areas.

Marlin Windows On TV - Grand Designs Channel 4 - September 2021

Marlin feature in the new 2021 series- South Lakeland Episode

The programme highlights will appear here after broadcast

The Reaction:

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More On This Project:


during construction of wooden house inside derelict mill for season 22 of Channel 4's Grand Designs in South Lake District Cumbria
overhead view of Grand Designs derelict mill reconstruction for season 22 in South Lakeland Cumbria
end view 3D design of Grand Designs derelict mill reconstruction for season 22 in South Lakeland Cumbria
end view of Grand Designs derelict mill reconstruction for season 22 in South Lake District Cumbria
The completed derelict mill reconstruction for Grand Designs 2021 on Channel 4 in South Lakeland Cumbria
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