The Low Down

‘Alan Titchmarsh – along with his team of architects, builders and gardeners are back to create another new ambitious and life-changing garden and home as they bring the outside in for an inspirational family in Swindon.

Wheelchair users Nina and Steve Parry look after Nina’s two children – Oscar, 10 and Lexi, 6 – but struggle with a poorly laid out living space that offers no direct connection to their neglected back garden. They can’t even see the back garden from inside – meaning the children aren’t able to play there – so the Love Your Home and Garden team come up with a radical new layout to unlock the inside and the outside for the very first time making the two spaces work together in perfect harmony.

Architects George Bradley and Ewald Van Der Straeten and building expert Kunle Barker handle the challenges inside, bringing lots of clever ideas and some cool contemporary flare to what was a boring bungalow.

Outside, Alan and Love Your Garden regular Katie Rushworth create a dazzling outdoor space for the whole family to enjoy. Look out for lots of tips on creating the ultimate low-maintenance plot, and how to get pops of colour into your garden even through the darkest months. The results stun the family and make for one of the most breathtaking make-overs the team have ever attempted.’

The Project

Nina, Steve, Oscar and Lexi required some additional outside space, that was easy to access and complimented the new garden design. Working with the ‘Love Your Home & Garden’ design team, we designed a simple corner studio that was sunken below ground level to provide level access straight into the room from the garden.

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The project took a total of 7 days from start to finish and we had to clear the site first. There were 2 sheds and a concrete slab to get rid of, working with the ground workers we had rid of all this in just a few hours ready for the foundation installation.

The building itself was up on the first day and weather tight ready for internal work on day 3. We built using our standard SIP panel construction, meaning the family can use the building comfortably year-round.

Mr Titchmarsh himself was chuffed to bits we had good weather and was very impressed with our build system and the materials used. We had some interesting discussions about the SIP construction method, the standard finishes and particularly the Western Red Cedar cladding which he loved.

We had originally planned to oil the Cedar cladding to preserve the colour of the timber, however, after lengthy discussion, Alan decided it would be too much upkeep for the family so we opted to allow the timber to silver naturally which is equally beautiful.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it was just Alan making us all down tools for a couple of moments just to appreciate the weather gods smiling on us! Alan and Kate also got involved in the decision making and building work themselves as much as they could, and watching them filming their scenes was a real treat, they are very very good at what they do!

The result was amazing, not just the building but the whole project. To have been involved in such a fantastic project for such an inspirational family was a real honour, and we hope Nina, Steve, Oscar and Lexi enjoy many happy years in their new home and garden!

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