The Urban range of oak flooring from V4 has been installed in the UK's first amphibious house. Grand Designs on Channel 4 features some quite astounding and ambitious projects, none more so than this attempt by river loving couple Andy and Nicky Bruce. The family home, designed by Baca Architects, sits on a flood prone island in the middle of the River Thames near Marlow, however potential flooding is no longer a problem in their new home that floats on rising floodwater just like a ship in its dock.
Whilst the external and structural design and build of the project was so significant, just like any new homeowners, the interior design was just as important for The Bruce Family to make this unique property a family home to enjoy, flood free, for years to come after the build was complete. Top of the list was a quality real wood floor throughout, a choice they could make confidently knowing the floor would not be at risk of water damage from flooding. Baca architects recommended V4 and suggested Nicky looked at the Urban Nature range.
Nicky commented "We are really pleased with the floor, and once the building works were completely finished we had it professionally cleaned and oiled again to look as good as new. I like that you can see the full extent of the grain and the colour variations, and the lighter tone of this wood compliments the natural light that oozes into the property from the large glass frontage looking onto the river.” The house was first featured on the Grand Designs Show in 2014 but has since been revisited by Kevin McCloud and the team to see the house finally completed.