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Grand Designs

  • 2019
  • Season 20
  • Homes and gardens
  • Lifestyle

Summary

Des res highlights in series 20, once more presented by Kevin McCloud, include a couple building a home-cum-work of art in south Devon.

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Episode 1: South West London 2021

Summary

Kevin McCloud follows more of Britain's most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams. In this first edition, Kevin meets former army captain Justin, who has spent £1.8million on an abandoned neo-Gothic cemetery keeper's lodge and adjoining ex-council toilet block in south-west London. Justin's vision is to restore the lodge but demolish the ugly toilet blocks and replace them with an enormous luxury ground-floor extension, with an added moat and a giant basement with a swimming pool - all just metres from the nearest grave

Review

A new series of Grand Designs begins with a typical story of a dream, plenty of ambition, not much money, high hopes and shining enthusiasm – which of course turns into a nightmare of delays, setbacks and years of patience.

But, oh, it’s worth it. Prepare to wilt with envy at nice couple John and Noreen’s gorgeous tree house, a boxy modernist fairy tale that peers through lush woodland into the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside. You wouldn’t know it was sandwiched between a supermarket car park and a Methodist chapel in the pretty town of Dursley.

As a child, local lad John would peer into this little patch of loveliness with its canopy of trees, and swoon. He and Noreen bought the site for £85,000, eventually got planning permission after the local council’s initial reluctance, and set to work. Only for everything to grind to a halt.

Of course Cassandra himself, Kevin McCloud, is on hand to wring his hands.

How to watch

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

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Released on
2019-09-04
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Credits

Crew

rolename
PresenterKevin McCloud
DirectorEdward Sunderland
Executive producerJohn Lonsdale

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  • Summary

    Kevin McCloud follows more of Britain's most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams. In this first edition, Kevin meets former army captain Justin, who has spent £1.8million on an abandoned neo-Gothic cemetery keeper's lodge and adjoining ex-council toilet block in south-west London. Justin's vision is to restore the lodge but demolish the ugly toilet blocks and replace them with an enormous luxury ground-floor extension, with an added moat and a giant basement with a swimming pool - all just metres from the nearest grave

    Review

    A new series of Grand Designs begins with a typical story of a dream, plenty of ambition, not much money, high hopes and shining enthusiasm – which of course turns into a nightmare of delays, setbacks and years of patience.

    But, oh, it’s worth it. Prepare to wilt with envy at nice couple John and Noreen’s gorgeous tree house, a boxy modernist fairy tale that peers through lush woodland into the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside. You wouldn’t know it was sandwiched between a supermarket car park and a Methodist chapel in the pretty town of Dursley.

    As a child, local lad John would peer into this little patch of loveliness with its canopy of trees, and swoon. He and Noreen bought the site for £85,000, eventually got planning permission after the local council’s initial reluctance, and set to work. Only for everything to grind to a halt.

    Of course Cassandra himself, Kevin McCloud, is on hand to wring his hands.

    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
    2019-09-04
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterKevin McCloud
    DirectorEdward Sunderland
    Executive producerJohn Lonsdale
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