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Grand Designs

  • 2015
  • Season 15
  • 9 episodes
  • Homes and gardens
  • Lifestyle

Summary

A man aims to build one of the largest homes ever featured on the show, a boat enthusiast wants to construct a ship-themed property, and a couple set out to build an ambitious seaside home.

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Episode 2: East Sussex 2015

Summary

Boat enthusiast James Strangeways invites Kevin McCloud to survey progress on the construction of his new home, which his architect nephew Ben Hebblethwaite has designed to be as `un-houselike" as possible. James has spent the past 35 years travelling the canals and waterways of Britain, and despite never liking houses, has decided now is the time to put down roots on dry land. Ben hoped a home standing on stilts above a marsh in East Sussex, and incorporating ship-like qualities such as a keel-shaped roof, will be enough to satisfy his boat-mad uncle. However, Ben's contractor goes into liquidation a few months into the project, taking £87,000 of the £300,000 budget, and when James decides to make a few tweaks to the design, alarm-bells begin to ring for the young architect

Review

James Strangeways hasn’t really lived on dry land for 35 years, preferring to cruise the canals and sleep on one of his seven boats. “The disappointing thing about houses is they don’t move,” explains the former wild child. So his architect nephew Ben Hebblethwaite was stunned when the eccentric James asked him to design a new home in East Sussex on Romney Marsh.

James is every architect’s nightmare, constantly tweaking the plans and steadfastly refusing any “white sofa brigade” ideas. Instead he wants a spartan interior, a river view from the loo and a crow’s-nest. “I don’t know what to expect,” says an intrigued Kevin McCloud before the final visit.

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2015-07-16
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PresenterKevin McCloud
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Series producerJohn Lonsdale

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  • Summary

    Boat enthusiast James Strangeways invites Kevin McCloud to survey progress on the construction of his new home, which his architect nephew Ben Hebblethwaite has designed to be as `un-houselike" as possible. James has spent the past 35 years travelling the canals and waterways of Britain, and despite never liking houses, has decided now is the time to put down roots on dry land. Ben hoped a home standing on stilts above a marsh in East Sussex, and incorporating ship-like qualities such as a keel-shaped roof, will be enough to satisfy his boat-mad uncle. However, Ben's contractor goes into liquidation a few months into the project, taking £87,000 of the £300,000 budget, and when James decides to make a few tweaks to the design, alarm-bells begin to ring for the young architect

    Review

    James Strangeways hasn’t really lived on dry land for 35 years, preferring to cruise the canals and sleep on one of his seven boats. “The disappointing thing about houses is they don’t move,” explains the former wild child. So his architect nephew Ben Hebblethwaite was stunned when the eccentric James asked him to design a new home in East Sussex on Romney Marsh.

    James is every architect’s nightmare, constantly tweaking the plans and steadfastly refusing any “white sofa brigade” ideas. Instead he wants a spartan interior, a river view from the loo and a crow’s-nest. “I don’t know what to expect,” says an intrigued Kevin McCloud before the final visit.

    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
    2015-07-16
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    PresenterKevin McCloud
    Executive producerFiona Caldwell
    Series producerJohn Lonsdale
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