Built to originally house cars, Diesel House is now a converted three bedroom dwelling that looks over the idyllic Malvern Hills. Cream & Black were instructed to manage all aspects of the project, leading each stage of the build and design process. Cream & Black confidently made crucial decisions, such as selecting roof tiles, roof light positions and redesigned the front elevation to include windows and doors.
The design scheme was influenced by the building’s history and it was our intention to update the building with an industrial look. We were keen to recycle materials where possible, so the old water tank was dismantled and the panels were set into the external wall and painted petrol blue, adding a distinctive feature to the building. The bricks from the recently demolished on-site stable building were then used to create internal exposed brick walls. Timber cladding combined with render and metal panelling provides a juxtaposition between old and new and the windows were influenced by the design of the existing old Crittall windows.
The client’s brief encouraged our ideas to mix different materials together. The architectural designs include the mixture of galvanized steel, copper, brass, timber and chrome. An example of this is the staircase and entrance. The staircase is steel, timber and glass, whilst exposed pipework near this is galvanized steel and copper which link really well together.
Working closely with contractors and suppliers helped ensure the best possible finish for Diesel House and, for Cream & Black each stage of the build was important!