Grand Designs viewers stunned by London Underground car-sized townhouse
GRAND Designs viewers couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw a house so small it was the size of a London Underground car.
The Channel 4 series presented its annual special, House of the Year, and featured the Little House in South London.
The “Slot House” was designed by married architect couple Sally and Sandy Rendel.
They built the house in a 2.8 meter space next to their house and came up with a series of innovative ideas to make the most of the small space.
Sandy told host Michelle Ogundehin, “It’s not that great piece of architecture or anything, it’s the other way around.
“It’s just a very modest little house. But I hope that proves that we can create something of value in such a small space. It also has something of quality.”
Some of the features of the house include exposed materials which allowed for more space as nothing was plasterboard.
The couple also opted for a “thin steel frame to build the skeleton of the house” and attached the staircase to the structure to save space.
The mezzanine office overlooked the living room which faced the two story rear window, leading to a small courtyard.
On the ground floor was an open plan living room and a double height kitchen.
The first floor consisted of the study, the bedroom and the bathroom.
Sandy and Sally also chose to use clay facing slips, baked in biscuit, dipped in pewter and gold glaze.
They were placed outside the building and are a third the size of traditional bricks.
The disused driveway led to shops and when the couple bought the land, they got permission to build a three-bedroom family home.
“It shouldn’t be a family home, it’s a little piece of land. I was just trying to find the right level of development for the plot,” said Sandy.
Sally added, “The developers have told us more than once that we are underdeveloped. But in fact, we wanted to do something with a bit of joy, lasting and good life.”
Grand Designs viewers were blown away by what they saw and couldn’t believe that such a small house could be so beautiful.
“For a very small place, it’s pretty cool,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
Another added: “I love the Slot House.”
And a third wrote: “I can admire the architecture of Slot House, the metal frame is amazing.”
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