Everything about this highly individual and unusual home and business is a surprise, it is in the Peak District National Park, near the English city of Sheffield, and has been crated from a group of old industrial buildings that have been converted to include a manufacturing enterprise, a shop, a home and a studio. The live / work ethic has always appealed to some people, and here a former gas plant and ancillary buildings have been turned into a glorious property through the vision of its owners and their architect. Two rectangular stone buildings are linked at first-floor level. One, the owner’s home, contains bedrooms and bathrooms at ground level and open-plan kitchen, dining and living area lit from above by glass sections set into the timber-lined roof.
The adjacent building house a studio on the first floor, which is furnished with Earnes and Alvar Aalto chairs and an Arts and Crafts sideboard, as well as an extensive collection of books, which are wonderfully accessible, stored in library-style open shelving units Below the cavernous studio is the shop, and beside this group of buildings is an award-winning round stone structure where the design and manufacture of cutlery take place. Tho live and work within a national park is a rare treat.