How 4 transport containers added as much as one dream house 

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Now one of many fastest-growing Google searches, the “container house” idea nonetheless had an infinite novelty issue when Patrick Bradley drew up the plans for his dream house.

The architect’s pioneering property, Grillagh Water Home, is internationally recognisable following its look on Channel 4’s Grand Designs in 2014.

Patrick agrees it was “the quirkiness” of his construct that captured the creativeness.

“Eight years in the past, folks laughed at me,” he says. “However the dream labored out.”

Exterior: Grillagh Water House. Pictures: Bruno Tamiozzo
Exterior: Grillagh Water Home. Footage: Bruno Tamiozzo

The laughter didn’t cease him and Patrick accomplished Grillagh Water Home from £10k price of transport containers in just below 10 months.

Positioned on the banks of the Grillagh River and within the Drumnaph Woodland, it was not like another home that has ever been designed and constructed inside rural Northern Eire, he says. 

“The first construction is made of 4 45ft transport containers, merged collectively to type two giant cantilever kinds,” says Patrick. 

The living area. 
The dwelling space. 

It has develop into the household residence for the architect, his spouse Victoria and their two youngsters, Evelyn, two, and Elijah, 5 months — and Patrick has additionally since bought two extra containers to create an workplace.

On the time he approached the drafting board together with his thought for his perpetually house, these buildings met his need for minimalism and sustainability.

“After I used containers in my very own home, I simply wished to push myself to the restrict. And I did it,” he says.

Patrick was forward of his time, orienting the construct to maximise the views over the panorama and create what he describes as “inside-outside dwelling utilizing giant sliding doorways to an exterior patio and chimney offering a useful household dwelling on the household farm”.

This creates a sculptural type which marries superbly into its rural setting, provides Patrick. 

“If we don’t push the boundaries we stroll backwards,” he says.

“It’s like each venture I design. I am going right into a degree of depth to fulfil each consumer’s needs. And the problem for me can be how every venture will maintain itself for the remainder of its life.”

And Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud was to call the Northern Eire residence as his all-time favorite property featured on the long-running collection.

To have a good time 20 years of the hit Channel 4 programme, McCloud revealed his high 5 builds from the present in a commemorative episode, Kevin’s Grandest Design, which aired in 2019.

The collection host revealed that if he was pushed to decide on, Patrick’s property was “most likely my favorite”.

Revisiting the property in 2019, McCloud stated it was as if “into the fairy kingdom has landed, fairly gently, one thing from Battlestar Galactica” and that the revolutionary construct “hasn’t misplaced its magic”.

However the presenter admitted that, on the time, he had thought the venture was “a catastrophe within the making”.

Fortunately, Patrick tends to show the critics incorrect and his rural hideaway within the woodland close to Maghera has scooped quite a few awards.

“I attempt to suppose to date forward, that the precise determination now will last more than the concept of individuals creating very giant properties with this large want listing for ‘now’, and perhaps 10 years’ time,” says Patrick, who has additionally since starred as a decide on RTÉ’s Dwelling of the Yr TV collection.

“I design properties to final a lifetime, however on the identical time by no means go old-fashioned. I attempt to do this for each consumer.

“I like to find their ideas, desires, needs — however, sort of additionally, seeing into the longer term. It’s a tough factor to do.”

Patrick Bradley and Kevin McCloud. Picture: Bruno Tamiozzo
Patrick Bradley and Kevin McCloud. Image: Bruno Tamiozzo

Did he ever foresee embarking on his adventures in tv? 

“No, previous to ‘Grand Designs’ I had by no means deliberate to be on TV — however then I assumed: Why not attempt it?” he says. 

“I needed to work with the funds and earlier than I knew it, every little thing was on high of me! So, I simply ran with it. It [‘Grand Designs’] reaped quite a lot of rewards for me and turned out to be probably the greatest choices I ever made.”

Patrick says he “owes” lots to Grand Designs — not least his first encounter together with his spouse Victoria.

Initially from South Africa, Victoria was dwelling in London once they met. “I had an workplace in Chelsea and Victoria had seen me on ‘Grand Designs’,” he says.

They now share a house they each adore. “You need to be capable of stroll right into a home and really feel such as you’re on vacation,” provides Patrick.

“Life ought to be loved from morning to nighttime. And tasks and homes ought to be designed with that methodology. 

“There are by no means two websites the identical. We don’t all exit and get the identical pair of denims, we simply want one thing that makes us joyful, a roof over our heads.

“We don’t want to fireside all our cash right into a home — as loopy because it sounds for an architect to say that. 

Firing all of your cash right into a home? It’s absurd. A home ought to be a vacation, a pleasure.”

Good design and sustainability and a small carbon footprint are key, he believes. 

“Homes shouldn’t be large. We solely dwell in sure areas of our home,” provides Patrick.

“My home has every little thing: Three bedrooms, an open-plan dwelling space, an ensuite with the main bedroom, a rest room, and a bootroom.

“It’s 1100 sq foot and is all designed round the best way I dwell and work.

“It’s not what you need, it’s what you want.”

As for his and Victoria’s favorite house of their house? 

“It’s not a cliché to say we dwell each a part of it,” says Patrick.

“I considered each room, each a part of the home, each facet of each day, each month, whereas designing it so it simply feels that we’re at all times in a cheerful place.

“Once you’re designing a home, you’re designing a home to make you cheerful. And that’s all you need, happiness.

“We’ve got every little thing we’d like. It’s not an enormous home. It’s very simply run. 

“To be sincere with you we wouldn’t change a factor. I’m very joyful.”

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