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Grand Designs

  • Season 14
  • 10 episodes
  • Property

Summary

Kevin McCloud follows intrepid individuals trying to design and build their dream home

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Episode 5: South East London 2014

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Tracy and Steve Fox want to build an `urban shed' featuring two studios, three bedrooms and a double-height space with a walkway, made out of industrial-style materials including corrugated cement fibreboard and 20ft panels of polycarbonate sheeting. Having discovered an old milk yard tucked away behind some flats and shops in south-east London, their long-held desire to build a highly unconventional family home and workspace begins. But their choice of unorthodox materials proves challenging and costly. Kevin McCloud follows their progress.
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Rating: 3 out of 5.

Creatives Tracy and Steve Fox aren’t interested in the normal trappings of suburban life, like carpets and curtains. So having bought a scruffy old milk yard tucked away behind a south-east London high street, they’re planning to build a massive “urban shed” there using industrial materials such as semi-transparent polycarbonate sheeting and breeze blocks.

There are no internal doors or corridors, so Kevin McCloud likens the build to a piece of classical Palladian architecture. Unfortunately they don’t have the funds to match and much of this project is “designed on the hoof”. Or as Kevin says, “It’s like flying by the seat of your pants. Except here, Tracy’s pants are on fire!”

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PresenterKevin McCloud

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