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