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Grand Designs

Inglis Hall & Co. were part of the 2015 series of Grand Designs. The Lewes project, on the banks of the river Ouse, was controversial but ultimately hugely successful, now fondly known as the 'Rusty Brick'. It sits hard by the river, a rusted outer steel shell, but within a wonderful living space.

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Working with interior architect Jeremy Pitts, Inglis Hall & Co. built the kitchen, staircase and cupboards. Using English Oak the intention was to show contrasting finishes and textures within the design. The Oak was sourced locally from Balcombe saw-mills and English Woodlands Timber.


The finishes were achieved with either sawn or planed boards, creating distinct areas within the extensive open-plan ground floor. The band-sawn and blackened Oak finish was from an ancient recipe, using a concoction of cider vinegar and iron fillings. The work surfaces are in a honed Italian Basaltite.