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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

Ambition, ambition, ambition. It can make some Grand Designers soar, and others fall flat on their faces. But what will boldness do for Mark and Candida Diacono and their big plans for their 17-acre Devon smallholding?

Theirs is an extraordinary vision: to build a new timber-framed and timber-clad house with an enormous curving roof shaped like a plough and to put up, at the same time, a working barn.

As always, the Designers have given themselves a very tight schedule, here of just seven months – which means no pressure at all on their locally based builder who’s keen to bring in local skills and craftsmen.

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Released on
2015-09-30
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Credits

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rolename
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

    Ambition, ambition, ambition. It can make some Grand Designers soar, and others fall flat on their faces. But what will boldness do for Mark and Candida Diacono and their big plans for their 17-acre Devon smallholding?

    Theirs is an extraordinary vision: to build a new timber-framed and timber-clad house with an enormous curving roof shaped like a plough and to put up, at the same time, a working barn.

    As always, the Designers have given themselves a very tight schedule, here of just seven months – which means no pressure at all on their locally based builder who’s keen to bring in local skills and craftsmen.

    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

    Ambition, ambition, ambition. It can make some Grand Designers soar, and others fall flat on their faces. But what will boldness do for Mark and Candida Diacono and their big plans for their 17-acre Devon smallholding?

    Theirs is an extraordinary vision: to build a new timber-framed and timber-clad house with an enormous curving roof shaped like a plough and to put up, at the same time, a working barn.

    As always, the Designers have given themselves a very tight schedule, here of just seven months – which means no pressure at all on their locally based builder who’s keen to bring in local skills and craftsmen.

    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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