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Series 12-Episode 9

Series 12-Episode 9

Catch Up


Rural living doesn’t instantly bring images of cutting edge architecture to mind. Barns, thatched cottages and poky farmhouses, yes, but not striking, contemporary buildings with swooping roofs and glass walls. However, Kevin McCloud thinks there is a quiet revolution going on in our countryside and to prove it, he reminds us of some of Grand Designs’ most extraordinary country homes.

Among them is a super-eco house in Kent, an ultra-modern farmhouse slipping down a Berkshire hill, a renovated water treatment works in Chesterfield and an innovative oak-timbered home built on top of a tiny Cornish cottage, which Kevin describes as “one of the nicest homes I’ve ever, ever been in”.


In 2010, architectural designer Lincoln Miles and artist Lisa Traxler found an uninspiring 1970s bungalow on a plot on the Isle of Wight surrounded by ancient woodland. As part of their renovation project, they added a three-storey `tower' extension and used a range of unconventional techniques and alternative materials. Two years later, Kevin McCloud returned to find out whether the couple's methods led to success.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Kevin McCloud
Director Richard Parkin
Executive Producer Fiona Caldwell
Series Producer Mike Ratcliffe


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