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Grand Designs

  • 2016
  • Season 16
  • 8 episodes
  • Homes and gardens
  • Lifestyle

Summary

Season 16 features a modern treehouse, a giant family house of fun, a wavy wooden home, a black-clad private hideaway, a state-of-the-art wooden home and a low-impact family house.

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Episode 4: Essex 2016

Summary

Kevin McCloud meets Michelle Parsons, an artist and teacher who decided to seize the day and build her own private hideaway in a woodland environment in Essex after she recovered from a serious illness. Together with her architect husband David, Michelle planned to construct a sleek, black-clad, three bedroom house complete with an art studio. However, torrential rain and a potentially disastrous gas leak stalled progress on the build, and as construction gets under way, Kevin wonders whether the couple's decision to eliminate windows on two sides of the property may leave them living in a gloomy bunker

Review

Artist Michelle Parsons and her husband, David, have been through some dark times and are now determined to make the most of life by building the woodland hideaway with studio they’ve always wanted.

Kevin McCloud’s not too sure about their almost windowless design, though: “It looks like a bunker on the outside and it feels like a bunker on the inside at the moment,” he says grimly halfway through the build.

The end result – several black cubes joined together with roof lights and a sedum roof – is only a stone’s throw from the “tarmac and polite pavements of suburbia” in Billericay, Essex, but a million miles away from conventional architecture.

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2015-09-30
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PresenterKevin McCloud
DirectorMarc Beers
Series producerJohn Lonsdale
Executive producerFiona Caldwell

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  • Summary

    Kevin McCloud meets Michelle Parsons, an artist and teacher who decided to seize the day and build her own private hideaway in a woodland environment in Essex after she recovered from a serious illness. Together with her architect husband David, Michelle planned to construct a sleek, black-clad, three bedroom house complete with an art studio. However, torrential rain and a potentially disastrous gas leak stalled progress on the build, and as construction gets under way, Kevin wonders whether the couple's decision to eliminate windows on two sides of the property may leave them living in a gloomy bunker

    Review

    Artist Michelle Parsons and her husband, David, have been through some dark times and are now determined to make the most of life by building the woodland hideaway with studio they’ve always wanted.

    Kevin McCloud’s not too sure about their almost windowless design, though: “It looks like a bunker on the outside and it feels like a bunker on the inside at the moment,” he says grimly halfway through the build.

    The end result – several black cubes joined together with roof lights and a sedum roof – is only a stone’s throw from the “tarmac and polite pavements of suburbia” in Billericay, Essex, but a million miles away from conventional architecture.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Released on
    2015-09-30
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterKevin McCloud
    DirectorMarc Beers
    Series producerJohn Lonsdale
    Executive producerFiona Caldwell
  • Summary

    Kevin McCloud meets Michelle Parsons, an artist and teacher who decided to seize the day and build her own private hideaway in a woodland environment in Essex after she recovered from a serious illness. Together with her architect husband David, Michelle planned to construct a sleek, black-clad, three bedroom house complete with an art studio. However, torrential rain and a potentially disastrous gas leak stalled progress on the build, and as construction gets under way, Kevin wonders whether the couple's decision to eliminate windows on two sides of the property may leave them living in a gloomy bunker

    Review

    Artist Michelle Parsons and her husband, David, have been through some dark times and are now determined to make the most of life by building the woodland hideaway with studio they’ve always wanted.

    Kevin McCloud’s not too sure about their almost windowless design, though: “It looks like a bunker on the outside and it feels like a bunker on the inside at the moment,” he says grimly halfway through the build.

    The end result – several black cubes joined together with roof lights and a sedum roof – is only a stone’s throw from the “tarmac and polite pavements of suburbia” in Billericay, Essex, but a million miles away from conventional architecture.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming provider below.

    Streaming

    Details

    Released on
    2015-09-30
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterKevin McCloud
    DirectorMarc Beers
    Series producerJohn Lonsdale
    Executive producerFiona Caldwell
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