Working with the team to create a Grand Design

Grand Designs for modern home with Sarnafil flat roof

This new build family home in Criccieth North Wales, was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs. Included in the project was the design and installation of a single ply flat roof membrane.

Kevin McCloud Grand DesignsInstalling the roofing membrane was quite a challenge on account of the many varying pitches and parapets as well as various penetrations for drains, roof windows, columns etc.

The 185m2 roof covered the whole property and a slate grey  single ply membrane was applied with adhered baton profiles to re-create the piping of a traditional lead roof.

Behind the dream were Rob Hodgson and his partner Kay, who conceived the highly ambitious plan to design and build this dream house in a wonderful setting on Cardigan Bay, overlooking the sea.  As with many Grand Design projects the location is often the foundation for the design – panoramic views, sometimes a change of lifestyle and a family home with a contemporary aesthetic that is sympathetic to its environment.

A common theme throughout Grand Designs projects is the reluctance to compromise on quality whether it is in workmanship, products or materials.  The attitude is to use the best whatever it takes and whatever the budget. The Sika brand fulfils all those credentials.

Sika’s structural glazing products were used to seal and secure windows including all the adhesives that hold a pair of enormous windows in place, as well as where the glass meets the natural stone of the perimeter wall. This is from the same range of high quality structural glazing materials which have been used in the Shard and the Gherkin, two iconic London landmarks, so proven to withstand the elements that the coastal weather will throw at it.

Behind the scenes the Grand Designs small production team were unobtrusive, discretely filming around the contractors, while the affable (on and off camera) Kevin McCloud followed the build progress and chatted with owner Rob Hodgson.

This stunning new home is also being nominated for a LABC North Wales Building Excellence Award. The LABC Awards  recognise not just buildings but celebrate the design and construction teams that have tussled with technical issues, difficult sites and found innovative and creative solutions.


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