Grand Designs House

Maghera-based architect, Patrick Bradly, was looking for an innovative and cost-effective method of constructing his first home. Having only been self-employed for a short time, sticking to a budget was a priority.

“I researched the plausibility of using shipping containers, so the primary structure is four 45ft shipping containers,” said Patrick.

The containers were covered with a dark grey-coloured expanded metal and natural Corten steel, helping Patrick’s achieve his vision of the house being “a piece of art or sculpture nestled into its surrounding landscape”.

The ambitious architect explained it was important for him to use local suppliers for the two-level property, which has two bedrooms and open plan living, kitchen and dining areas.

The terrace leading out from the main living area is surrounded by a glass balustrade and connected to the garden below with a metal staircase. Patrick wanted to achieve an aesthetic that, while it was in keeping with the ethos of the build, was both practical and hard-wearing. Artificial grass offered the ideal solution.

As such, Patrick met the with the Artificial Grass Company team in the Spring of 2014 to discuss his requirements. He selected a fully porous 18mm shock pad base upon which would be laid the artificial grass. This would allow for a natural looking, low maintenance surface whilst ensuring rain water drained away.

Patrick also revealed how the Grand Designs team was blown away by his vision and had been filming with him all year.

“They thought the house was absolutely crazy,” he said.

Crazy or not, we think the house looks amazing.