Hilltop Hosts Filming For BBC2 Series 'The House That 100K Built'!

Hilltop were recently privileged to a visit from the film crew for the current BBC2 series “The House that 100K Built”. With filming on a new series already begun and a young couple trying to finish off their budget home build, having just visited the prestigious Midland Hotel in the city of Manchester for lighting inspiration, they were looking for some new chandelier lighting design ideas that would provide a similar more bespoke, luxurious and individual look without breaking the bank.

Arrangements were made for the couple, along with TV architectural guru Piers Taylor and a film crew, to get to grips with some of the more unique coloured expandable and copper braided sleeving products to incorporate within the lighting design. This gave them the valuable opportunity to physically hold and see how different sleevings may look in conjunction with Piers suggested lighting ideas and designs for their new home.


The BBC2 show follows individuals, couples or families looking to build their own home with under £100,000. This requires a lot of creativity and ingenuity to complete an entire home with the functionality and aesthetic desired. Their visit to us at Hilltop was predominantly in an effort to incorporate various braided cable over-sleeving products in the design of this chandelier that would look the part at a fraction of the price that such bespoke lighting would normally retail for. Wajid also is a local councillor, so at times he needs a public space for entertaining important guests - and to top it all they want a luxurious finish on a par with a Dubai hotel!

Presenter and designer Piers brought along retro industry incandescent bulbs to marry with our various cable over-sheathing products, this to provide couple Wajid and Anam with both traditional and more modern creative ideas for bespoke luxury lighting within their limited budget.

Piers re-created a traditional period antiquated look with natural acrylic coated fabric braid, whilst also offering a more modern twist with a combination of brightly coloured expandable fabric and tinned copper braidings.

Piers design inspirations coupled with significant similar interest we have received since filming has likewise inspired our Marketing team to create a whole new section of our business & website completely devoted to similar “Decorative sleeving’s” for budding DIYer’s and architectural lighting designers alike. This new section of our website is expected to go live by the end of July 2015, Watch this space!  


Whilst Hilltop are no stranger to supplying  our products to the Film and Special Effects industry , to the best of my

knowledge this is the first time we have been directly involved with any British reality television programme of which was entirely our pleasure. 

The programme airs tonight, 14th July 2015, at 8:00pm on BBC2. Please follow this link to the official ‘The House that 100k Built’ programming schedule on the BBC website.

Managing Director Steve Hill with presenter Piers Taylor and some of the film crew.