The householders of one amongst Grand Designs’ hottest dialog have revealed that strangers ring the doorbell and ask to have a look at their property, ten years on from when it appeared on the current.
Jamie Hamer and his housemate Susanna dwell in a eye-catching £2million Water Tower conversion in Kennington, South West London.
Jamie bought the property in 2021, which counts 9 flooring and comes with the UK’s best sliding doorways, from its earlier householders, Leigh Osborne and Graham Voce.
The couple bought the Grade II listed developing for £380,000 – and spent nearly £2million altering it from a crumbling break proper right into a family home in 2012, all through an episode of Grand Designs that has flip into certainly one of many current‘s most cited tales.
Ten years on, Jamie revealed that the house continues to be fascinating of us, and that and Susanna will open it as a lot as most of the people in the middle of the Open Dwelling Pageant in September.
Jamie Hamer and his housemate Susanna dwell in a eye-catching £2million Water Tower conversion in Kennington, South West London, which appeared on Grand Designs in 2012
Jamie, left, bought the house when it was at a £2.75million asking worth in 2021 after falling in love with it following just one go to
‘We often get of us ringing the doorbell asking if they’ll take a look spherical,’ Jamie instructed Rightmove.
‘Then some will ask the place the buzzers for the other flats are. They’re shocked to go looking out out it’s one home,’ he added.
The 100ft tower, which moreover boasts 360 diploma views all through the capital, featured on the favored Channel 4 assortment hosted by Kevin McCloud, throughout the one centesimal episode of the current.
On the time, Mr McCloud talked about: ‘I believed that story had each half.
The preview householders added a glass cube on the lower ranges of the tower housing the kitchen and living-room, which includes the UK’s largest sliding doorways
A terrace with 360 views over the city is located on excessive of what was the Tower’s water tank, which might keep as a lot as 30,000 gallons of water
‘Conservation, ridiculous debt – he borrowed his grandmother’s financial institution card and owes £95,000 merely to finish this issue – ludicrous ambition and extraordinary imaginative and prescient. It’s crazy nonetheless he pulls it off.
Jamie instructed the Evening Standard when he launched the property: ‘I’ve on a regular basis been fascinated by castles and that’s the closest I’ll get to proudly proudly owning one in central London.’
Sooner than he bought the Kennington property, him and Susanna every lived on the equivalent freeway in Fulham. The pair turned buddies as neighbours.
Jamie outlined his love of West London nearly value him the Water Tower, on account of Elephant and Citadel and Kennington weren’t on his radar when he initially started to seek for a flat.
Relatively loads on the tower’s stairs. The developing houses 9 flooring, and Susanna admitted she and Jamie would get misplaced as soon as they initially moved in
The tower sooner than it was renovated in 2012. The Kennington Water Tower episode is one amongst Grand Designs’ hottest to these days
He admitted that when he first laid eyes on the property, he didn’t assume it was precise and thought it was a ‘joke.’
Nonetheless after just one go to, he fell in love with the property and made a suggestion shortly after.
London’s Open Dwelling Pageant 2022, which may run from the 8 to the 21 September, will see Jamie and Susanna give tour of the property and focus on friends by its historic previous for two weeks.
The tower was put in the marketplace by Osborne and Voce in 2013 for £6.5million, nonetheless, the price was decreased to £4.75 in August of that 12 months.
By the purpose it was purchased to Harmer in 2021, the property’s asking worth had sunk to £2.75 million. Whereas it was not revealed how loads the model new proprietor paid for it, it was advisable to be close to asking worth.
The tower was in-built 1867 and used to offer water to the shut by Lambeth Workhouse, which used to cope with larger than 800 destitute households, and the place seven-year-old Charlie Chaplin lived alongside together with his mother.
By the purpose Osborne and Voce bought it, it was derelict, taken over by timber and weeds and stuffed with lifeless pigeons.
On excessive of restoring the tower to its former glory and turning it proper right into a 4 bedrooms and bogs, the couple added a two-level glass cube on the larger flooring floor to cope with the kitchen and residing house.
Osborne and Voce moreover turned the best room into a robust 24sqft reception house offering panoramic views of the city.