Introducing our remodelled Gransden show house

Our Gransden show home has undergone some impressive changes recently...

The Potton self-build centre with its then 3 permanent show houses was opened to critical acclaim back in 1992 and has seen thousands of visitors since then, it now regularly attracts over 6,000 visitors a year and is the only self build centre of its kind in the UK.

Show House Externals

The Flagship attraction over the years has been the Gransden Showhouse with its Inglenook fireplace, post and beams and cottage style joinery.

The Gransden, as have the other houses on the site seen a number of makeovers over the years and now Potton are proud to announce the complete re-modelling of the house.

With family requirements and lifestyles evolving constantly over the years we wanted to bring this beautiful home right up to date and provide inspiration to anyone considering building or tailoring their dream home.

Some major internal changes were required, notably the removal of a number of internal walls and an outside porch area, the main area of change however is the introduction of a large kitchen/ living TV area that opens up the whole space to reflect the way in which families tend to live these days. The removal of the Octagonal style Conservatory gave way to a bright open rectangular kitchen area with folding glazed doors, large windows and a vaulted ceiling incorporating roof lights. This gives amazing kitchen space and has brought about a balanced blend of traditional and contemporary with the help of Callerton Kitchens and Quickstep Flooring.

In recent years there has also been less requirement for formal dining rooms so the existing Potton sun room has now taken on the role as a relaxed dining area for all the family.


 The project also called for a complete change of colour scheme throughout, with the darker stained timber elements being replaced with a colour that would be sympathetic to the neutral shades chosen for the walls and ceilings. Potton worked closely with Brewers the paint specialists and have ended up with something that not only lifts the house but does not lose touch with the ever appealing cottage style of the original house.

Lombok Collage

In line with today’s energy conscious thinking, Potton worked with tp24 the leading specialists in LED lighting who introduced us once again to products that sit between the traditional and contemporary blend that is so popular with self builders today. Potton also had the opportunity to work with nest who have the most innovative heating control system, and smoke and carbon monoxide alarm both connected to the wi-fi system.

Potton’s partner Ideal Standard were chosen to head up the re-design of the bathrooms and cloakroom, they introduced free standing baths, open shower areas and a mix of classic styled sinks and taps, all of which are beautifully complimented with tiles from Company. The property includes an eco-boiler from Worcester Bosch there is certainly enough hot water for any family home.


When it came to the final dressing and furnishing there was no doubt in the minds of Potton that LOMBOK would be the perfect partner to work with, they have an excellent balance of old, new and some Artisan styled products that  further enhanced the warm livable atmosphere of the “new” Gransden Showhouse. Visitors to the Gransden show home can benefit from a generous 15% discoun off Lombok products, simply visit the show house for your voucher.

Come & Visit!

You can visit the Gransden and the 4 other Potton show homes Tues-Fri 9am-5pm or on Saturday’s 10am-4pm – no need to book. For further information please visit our show homes page here.