This making project started simply; Robert and Milla met in Kuala Lumpur where Robert was working as a designer for a new art gallery. They relocated to London after the project completed in Malaysia and they made their way up the property ladder. Renovating their first home together while Robert was working for a firm of architects in the capital. After the birth of their son and daughter they decided to sell up and move to the Lake District and bought a small cottage which they renovated and lived in at the same time over the space of a year, they sold the cottage and moved to Windermere, rented a house and started looking for a plot of land for a self build project together, they found a plot with a 1980’s house and a great view.
The rest of this story unfolded on the documentary program Grand Designs.
3rd November 2010. Program Aired for the first time
Robert and Milla are redeveloping a 1980s house overlooking Lake Windermere in the Lake District. But the radical, innovative build is risky, and the family’s budget is very tight.
As they try to add three extensions to a 1980s property overlooking Lake Windermere in the Lake District. Robert has designed his own heating system to achieve maximum sustainability, but the project begins with only £100,000 of the £400,000 budget in place, and he and his family have to move into the existing building while work goes on around them
Executive Producer: Charlie Bunce
Series Producer: Madeleine Hall
Presenter Kevin McCloud
14th December 2016. The sale of the house
The house in the Lake District was sold, we have relocated to Yorkshire and our family are opening new retreats in Cornwall and France in 2018, we will be offering bed and breakfast as well as yoga retreats.
11th July 2017. Update
Retreat in Cornwall welcoming guests this summer.
Robert and Milla’s Family have come together to buy a plot of land in southwest France, and under the direction of Robert who is currently completing his RIBA Part 2 towards becoming a qualified architect, they are looking at making from found materials and objects, valuing the self made aesthetics, dispensing with the idea that it is unsightly, not following the rules of convectional house making.
1st October 2017. New locations opening
As a joint venture we are opening a number of retreat locations both here and in Europe, you will be able to enjoy staying in one of our very unique buildings including our pods seen on the Grand Designs program.
We’re looking for future sites in Europe, Scotland, Devon, Cornwall and Wales. So if you have a plot, even with planning issues get in touch via our booking web page.