producers and the presenter, Kevin McCloud have very wisely
stuck to the well working format with their latest series of
Grand Designs, Grand Designs Series 8. It is a very
entertaining and at the same time a documentary of people
with vision and courage who are not afraid to take on a
project which is out of their depth.
As an owner
builder myself, I understood some of their problems albeit
on a lesser scale. Planning, especially finances always pose
a problem on huge projects and it must be extremely
difficulty for these visionaries to work full time, manage
their project and even assist in the process itself.
of money was well illustrated with the last episode in this
series (Lake District: The Dome House) because when McCloud
last visited the family, the building was only partially
finished with the guest rooms still to complete. Ahh... the
joins of building.
One has to
admire the partners of all the builders for their courage,
patience and more importantly their support. With any
project, there are stresses and disappointments, which came
out in Jonathan Belsey's episode on an eco friendly house
(Ipswich: The Radian House).
the builder needed to go through a council meeting to obtain
a new permit for a vastly different wind turbine then
originally stated. Unfortunately due to a faulty gear box
and incorrectly designed pole, this caused some problems for
the builder. However the house is a shining example of a
good number of ecological ideas and innovations which could
and should be followed in Australia.
Grand Designs which is a fascinating and entertaining series
about buildings that most of us would never have imagined
and the journey for its builders. It's an insightful series
and with number 8 just being released, it's easy to see why
people are so hooked on this informative series.
Wight - Episode 1
Design expert Kevin McCloud returns with a brand new series
of Grand Designs, a series that charts the in-depth process
of ambitious design projects, from the initial detail of
blueprints, to the long and often arduous task of turning
the designs into a practical living space.
Cotwolds - Episode 2
Helen and Chris, both architects, decide to move out of
London to build their own home in the middle of the
Woodbridge - Episode 3
Tired of living in draughty Victorian houses in the city,
Lucie Fairweather and Nat McBride return to their home town
of Woodbridge, Suffolk, to build a brand new home for their
Stowmarket - Episode 4
3 years ago Simon Bennett and his wife Jill gave up a life
abroad to return to Simon's home county of Suffolk. They
bought two timber framed barns ripe for conversion, but
barely was the ink dry before they discovered one wasn't
quite what it seemed.
When Jonathan's marriage ended, he left the family home and
bought a plot of land just down the road on a mission to
build a house that would be exciting to look at, cheap to
run, and ecologically sound and this will be the great
experiment he's dreamt of.
Peninsula - Episode 6
Getting on the housing ladder is a challenge for anyone but
when thirty year old interior designer Kathryn Tyler wants
her first home, she uses her skills to give her the leg up
the ladder she needs by designing and building one herself.
- Episode 7
Despite having no architectural training, Alan Dawson, a
former blacksmith has invented his own way of building a
house. He's going to make it in pieces in his workshop with
wiring, lighting, and carpets built into the sections.
District - Episode 8
When Robert and Milla find a plot overlooking Lake
Windermere in the Lake District National Park, they think
they've hit gold. The site already has a 1980s house on the
site, but rather than knock it down, they plan to do a new