The best thing about a house being featured on the Grand Designs TV show is that you can refer back to it on 4oD to see how the property was either renovated or came into being. The Water Works four-bedroom property in Chesterfield, Derbyshire falls into the former category.
It has been up for a little while now, but somehow it slipped under the radar. Strange, as this is very much up our street. If you remembered the renovation (which was quite some time back now, dating to 2002), the house was a disused water works, converted to modern family living space without losing the character of the original period structure.
The end result is good, although some of the finishes might be a little over-elaborate for some. But we love the mix of vintage and modern, creating a kind of industrial chic and taking advantage of the huge high and open spaces that the original building offered. Those huge windows should guarantee that the light floods into those huge spaces too.
There’s also plenty of land outside too, with this place sat in five acres of your own grounds. Within those grounds, you’ll find the main house, which opens to an entrance hallway (currently used as a dining area) with marble terrazzo and exposed brick built walls.
That takes you to the lounge with sky light and underfloor heating, plus brick built feature fire surround and cinema projector. You’ll also find a kitchen to the side with modern fittings and underfloor heating, leading to a rear porch area and utility room.
Moving on, you’ll find a study, the master bedroom with en-suite, three further bedrooms (again, like most of the house, with underfloor heating) and a family bathroom.
As we said, that’s only had the story, with the property offering all of that land, some of which is landscaped as gardens, electric double wrought iron gates, a sweeping driveway, a brick built storage shed, water tower and a further water tower over three stories which has planning permission to convert into a one bedroom separate dwelling or holiday home. So potential to make a bit to pay the mortgage.
It’s up for sale at £750,000 if you are interested. Many more images on the main listing – and the images (plus the TV show) really do tell the story of this place more than words alone.