Lea Hough and Co completes Grand Designs refurb

Euxton-based Lea Hough and Co has helped complete a project once described as 'awe-inspiring' on Channel 4's Grand Designs.

The Lake District property originally featured on the show in 2010, but the owner struggled to finish the project due to lack of funds.

Now, eight years on from the start of the original build, chartered surveyors Lea Hough and Co with assistance from builders Hall Construction completed a refurbishment, providing full drawings and project management services.

Set on the Bowness Fells above Bowness-on-Windermere, Dome House is an eco-home with guest accommodation initially designed by Robert Gaukroger.

Yvonne Malley, who first became involved with the property when she stepped in to provide a loan to Dome House’s previous owners to rescue it from repossession and fund the final stages of its build, purchased the property in 2016 when Gaukroger put it up for sale.

However, despite the budget for the original build totalling in excess of £1m, it soon became apparent that the standard of construction fell below par, with large-scale works required.

Yvonne said: “Architecturally the house had some beautiful features, but it actually needed huge amounts of work when I bought it. Having had the property surveyed, it became apparent that parts of the build had been poorly completed, along with upgrades to gas, electricity and plumbing required to make it a more liveable space." Seven years on from its original Grand Designs appearance, Dome House can finally be called ‘complete’. Yvonne’s son Phil and wife Joyce have now moved into the house, which has three luxury suites and a two-bedroomed apartment to rent as guest accommodation, each with stunning views across Windermere.