The second series of the top rating Channel 4 makeover show ran through October and November 2011 and featured Sarah and her husband Graham Swift continuing their battle to breathe new life into their listed 97-room mansion in Yorkshire. It focused on the couple’s endeavours to restore several bedrooms and all the main state rooms, together with washing spaces and bathrooms, with Sarah emphasising the need for fittings ‘to last another hundred years’, as much as bringing renewed decorative style to jaded 19th century interiors.
One particular Rise Hall makeover project, in which Granite Transformations was closely involved, has already introduced a striking ‘wow factor’ for visitors: the emerald green bathroom serving the Tepilo Suite features its Dream Green recycled glass and the backlit bath panel presents a truly eye-catching, bejewelled appearance that is visible the length of the adjoining corridor. In contrast, the Millennium bridal suite, with its refined Palm Desert quartz panelling on the boxed-in bath, whimsical ‘thunderbox’
“It’s an enormous and quite daunting project, but you can already see the massive transformation that’s taken place,” says Danny. “We’re delighted to be involved in a modest way, as it provides opportunities for employing our agglomerate materials in settings other than simply kitchens. Drawing upon Graham’s artistic talent and Sarah’s undoubted design know-how, they have managed to style and theme each room individually, enabling us to showcase a number of quite different colours and finishes, including some rarities from our back catalogue.”
Other Granite Transformations highlights at Rise Hall include a dramatic Black Star shower room in the Stable Wing, from series one, as well as copper, brown and black Mocha Real wall cladding and flooring in the Farndale bathroom and Nero Stella black granite bath cut-out and extensive splashbacks in the Holderness Suite, both of which were featured in series two.
The installations were all carried out by skilled fitters from Granite Transformations’
Most of the luxurious finishes featured at Rise Hall are available through Granite Transformations showrooms around the country and, just like on TV makeover shows, its highly qualified installers will measure up and fit new worktop counters, bathroom cladding, shower linings and other refinishing surfaces, mostly in a single day.
As the current series of Beeny’s Restoration Nightmare came to a close, doubts were raised as to whether the whole project might be halted due to local licence issues. But Sarah tells Danny that they have now received the necessary venue licence for staging weddings and the bookings are coming in thick and fast, so the story continues…
For further information, contact your nearest showroom or contact Rob in Lymington, Hampshire or Branksome, Dorset (Opening soon) visit www.granitetransformations.co.uk/
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