This amazing Cornish building has been painstakingly renovated into a stylish home
This Grand Designs converted flour mill in Cornwall is 500 years old and had been abandoned for more than 60 years.
In the final episode of the lockdown series of Grand Designs from early 2021, Kevin meets dynamic duo Leigh and Richard, who moved from Derbyshire to Cornwall to undertake the renovation and conversion of a near-derelict 500-year-old flour mill that had been abandoned for more than 60 years.
Full of rotten timbers, riddled with structural cracks and strewn with rusty machinery and millstones, the risk takers decide this is the unlikely place they want to make home.
Renovating on a budget
Taking a huge leap of faith, they put their business on hold and sold their house to move 250 miles to live in a caravan on site. With no experience of building or restoration, and only £250,000 to play with, Richard and Leigh’s highly ambitious plan is to faithfully restore the outside and retain as much of the history and magic inside as possible – while also creating a warm, contemporary three bedroom home. It’s an almighty balancing act to pull off, especially in the 12 months they’ve given themselves.
Tomorrow night, Leigh and Richard plan to transform a derelict 17th-century flour mill, full of rotten timbers and riddled with structural cracks, into a warm, contemporary home 🏠
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