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Grand Designs

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Documentary Home & Garden 7+1999 - Present17 SeasonsReturning: Date TBAOn: Netflix 

British television series which features unusual and often elaborate architectural homebuilding projects.

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Season 1

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Season 01, Episode 01 The Timber Frame Kit House, Newhaven

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Apr 29, 1999
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The Timber Frame Kit House, Newhaven Apr 29, 1999 A couple in Newhaven face a race against time as they build their dream home on windswept cliff-top site in time for the birth of their baby.

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Season 01, Episode 02 The English Barn, Berkshire

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May 6, 1999
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The English Barn, Berkshire May 6, 1999 Kevin travels to Oxfordshire to meet the Randolphs, who built their first house 10 years ago and now, in their 70s, have decided to do it all again!

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Season 01, Episode 03 The Co-op, Walter Segal Houses, Brighton

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May 13, 1999
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The Co-op, Walter Segal Houses, Brighton May 13, 1999 This project was a co-operative venture - 10 young families each put in 30 hours of construction work per week.Kevin travels to Brighton to meet a co-operative of ten young families, including ex-travellers and single parents, who are building both their own and each others homes.A housing association bought the land from the council for £58,000. Paul then worked with the association to put the co-operative together. All the members were people on the council's housing list.

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Season 01, Episode 04 The Water Tower, Coleshill, Amersham

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May 20, 1999
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The Water Tower, Coleshill, Amersham May 20, 1999 Kevin McCloud travels to Amersham, where a couple plan to design an 'invisible' house, blending in with the earth banks of the surrounding reservoirs.

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Season 01, Episode 05 The Eco-House, Suffolk

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Jun 3, 1999
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The Eco-House, Suffolk Jun 3, 1999 A Suffolk couple plan an environmentally friendly house with solar heating, grey water systems and reclaimed materials.

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Season 01, Episode 06 The Chapel, Cornwall

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Jun 10, 1999
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The Chapel, Cornwall Jun 10, 1999 Kevin McCloud travels to Cornwall to visit Gavin Allen and Jane Fitzsimons, who are trying to convert a chapel into a home and a teleworking office for Jane.

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Season 01, Episode 07 The House of Straw, Islington

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Jun 17, 1999
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The House of Straw, Islington Jun 17, 1999 Kevin McCloud is in lslington where Jeremy Till and Sarah Wigglesworth have come up with a highly experimental design for a home/office.

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Season 2

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Season 02, Episode 01 The Regency Villa, Surrey

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Jul 17, 2001
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The Regency Villa, Surrey Jul 17, 2001 When Rupert and Julie bought a hilltop site in the Berkshire Downs, they were determined to build a house that would make the most of the countryside and stunning views.They turned to architecture firm Roderick James, which specialises in modern design and traditional timber craftsmanship. Together with architect Hugh McGann, they came up with a house of green oak and glass, built in an unusual cruciform (cross) shape.

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Season 02, Episode 02 Sussex: The New England House

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Jul 24, 2001
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Sussex: The New England House Jul 24, 2001 With a plot of land in Sussex overlooking the South Downs, newly-weds Jane and Willem wanted a house that would be atmospheric and open to the countryside. Inspired by memories of America, Jane planned a New England-style gabled house with large windows to make the most of the views.

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Season 02, Episode 03 The Wool Mill, Yorkshire

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Jul 31, 2001
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The Wool Mill, Yorkshire Jul 31, 2001 A derelict woollen mill in a Yorkshire village may not say 'modernist' to everyone. But Chris and Gill - who, fortunately, run their own specialist joinery business - saw it as the perfect opportunity to create a visionary home. They liked the traditional brick of the building and opted to keep the exterior virtually untouched. Inside, they would strip everything out and make a home of fluid spaces, based around an open-plan ground floor, an atrium and a galleried upper floor.

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Season 02, Episode 04 Wales: The Isolated Cottage

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Aug 7, 2001
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Wales: The Isolated Cottage Aug 7, 2001 An isolated hilltop in the Brecon Beacons might seem an inhospitable place for a couple's first home. But Adrian and Corinna both grew up in the area, and the ruined farmhouse they chose to restore had been in Adrian's family for generations. The site's lack of mains water and electricity gave them no qualms. True, the track up the hill was often inaccessible in winter. But the landscape was beautiful and they both felt they belonged there

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Season 02, Episode 05 The Cruciform House, Berkshire

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Aug 14, 2001
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The Cruciform House, Berkshire Aug 14, 2001 Helen and Mark had always dreamed of owning a Georgian house but knew they couldn't afford the genuine article. So they decided to build their own. They bought a large plot of land in Surrey, surrounded by trees, and commissioned an architect who specialised in conservation architecture to design it.

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Season 02, Episode 06 The Self-Build, Birmingham

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Aug 21, 2001
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The Self-Build, Birmingham Aug 21, 2001 With a plot of land in Sussex overlooking the South Downs, newly-weds Jane and Willem wanted a house that would be atmospheric and open to the countryside. Inspired by memories of America, Jane planned a New England-style gabled house with large windows to make the most of the views.

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Season 02, Episode 07 The Jewel Box, London

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Aug 1, 2001
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The Jewel Box, London Aug 1, 2001 An isolated hilltop in the Brecon Beacons might seem an inhospitable place for a couple's first home. But Adrian and Corinna both grew up in the area, and the ruined farmhouse they chose to restore had been in Adrian's family for generations. The site's lack of mains water and electricity gave them no qualms. True, the track up the hill was often inaccessible in winter. But the landscape was beautiful and they both felt they belonged there

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Season 3

Season 03, Episode 01 Peterborough: The Wooden Box

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Feb 12, 2003
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Peterborough: The Wooden Box Feb 12, 2003 'Is it a bold contemporary design or a garden shed?' John and Terri found themselves asking, halfway into their build. They had knocked down a derelict house in a beautiful rural setting and commissioned commercial architects to build them a new one. But was it too small for them, their young son and the baby on the way?

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Season 03, Episode 02 The Water-Works, Derbyshire

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Feb 19, 2003
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The Water-Works, Derbyshire Feb 19, 2003 The 1930s derelict water-works Chris and Leanne fell in love with was huge and its design had clearly been inspired by Gilbert Scott's Bankside power station, now better known as the Tate Modern. But nothing would deter the couple. 'We looked at it,' said Chris, 'and saw our home.'

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Season 03, Episode 03 The Woodsman's House, Sussex

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Feb 26, 2003
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The Woodsman's House, Sussex Feb 26, 2003 The old quarry stood on a slope of the Eden valley and commanded beautiful views. Local architect John Bodger designed a two-storey house that burrowed backwards into the rock and made maximum use of natural resources for light, warmth and power

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Season 03, Episode 04 The Victorian Threshing Barn, Surrey

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Mar 5, 2003
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The Victorian Threshing Barn, Surrey Mar 5, 2003 After 10 years of living in a small house in east London, John and Eleni hankered after modern, open-plan living. They didn't want to move, so they decided to give their Victorian terrace home a radical redesign. The house was in a conservation area, so the outside had to remain unchanged. Inside, however, they decided to rip out everything including walls, ceilings, floors and start again.

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Season 03, Episode 05 Inverted V Roof, Buckinghamshire

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Mar 12, 2003
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Inverted V Roof, Buckinghamshire Mar 12, 2003 Merry's family have been Herefordshire builders for generations, so she knew that the county was rich in traditional building crafts. She and Ben decided to combine these with technology for a new house with a genuinely rural feel. Her father drew up a design that followed the traditional cottage layout while incorporating modern comforts.

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Season 03, Episode 06 The Terrace Conversion, Hackney

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Sep 17, 2003
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The Terrace Conversion, Hackney Sep 17, 2003 For Philip and Angela, the build was part of a life change that had begun two years earlier. Just after their second daughter was born, Philip fell seriously ill, prompting the family to leave London and move back to his parents' village. Acquiring the site was easy, as Philip's parents owned it. Getting planning permission took longer, and a crucial factor in their success was that they would be restoring the outside of the barn and keeping the innovation hidden

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Season 03, Episode 07 The Underground House, Cumbria

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Sep 24, 2003
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The Underground House, Cumbria Sep 24, 2003 'Is it a bold contemporary design or a garden shed?' John and Terri found themselves asking, halfway into their build. They had knocked down a derelict house in a beautiful rural setting and commissioned commercial architects to build them a new one. But was it too small for them, their young son and the baby on the way?

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Season 4

Season 04, Episode 01 The Violin Factory, Waterloo

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Jan 21, 2004
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The Violin Factory, Waterloo Jan 21, 2004 Louise and Milko wanted to build the home of a lifetime. Milko's job as a well-paid City banker meant they could think big, so Louise set up her own architectural practice and they bought a disused violin factory in the heart of London's Waterloo. The crumbling building was hemmed in on all sides and had no views, but Louise had a vision of a spectacular loft-style home that would combine stunning design with utter luxury

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Season 04, Episode 02 Walton: The German Huf Haus

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Jan 28, 2004
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Walton: The German Huf Haus Jan 28, 2004 David and Greta loved their home, a modernist structure in Surrey that they had built themselves almost 40 years ago. It was filled with things they'd chosen over the years – design classics, mementoes, David's paintings. But that house was falling apart and had to come down. Meanwhile, they had lost their hearts to a German post-and-beam house, designed by architect Peter Huf and available as a customised kit.

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Season 04, Episode 03 Return to Cloud, Buckinghamshire

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Feb 18, 2004
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Return to Cloud, Buckinghamshire Feb 18, 2004 Kevin returns to see whether the couple's solo attempts to transform a wreck of an old stone building in Leith, with no previous building experience, has been successful.

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Season 04, Episode 04 Clapham: The Curved House

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Feb 25, 2004
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Clapham: The Curved House Feb 25, 2004 David and Anjana's tiny coach house was proving too small for them and their two children. So they decided to build a new house in their own garden, which was big by London standards. But this particular grassy plot came with problems. It was overlooked by huge blocks of flats, and in the middle of it stood a chestnut tree they weren't allowed to cut down. They came up with an inspired solution: they would build a curving house along the borders of their plot. What's more, they would do a lot of the work themselves.

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Season 04, Episode 05 The Curved House

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Mar 3, 2004
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The Curved House Mar 3, 2004 David and Anjana's tiny coach house was proving too small for them and their two children. So they decided to build a new house in their own garden, which was big by London standards. But this particular grassy plot came with problems. It was overlooked by huge blocks of flats, and in the middle of it stood a chestnut tree they weren't allowed to cut down. They came up with an inspired solution: they would build a curving house along the borders of their plot. What's more, they would do a lot of the work themselves.

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Season 04, Episode 06 Modernist Sugar Cube, Sussex

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Mar 10, 2004
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Modernist Sugar Cube, Sussex Mar 10, 2004 When Reuben and April came across a ruined 19th-century house amid the tower blocks of Leith, Edinburgh, they saw it as their future home. They had no clear idea of how to restore it, and precious little building experience. Still, they were young and fit (they had met on Reuben's climbing wall) and they liked a challenge. So they bought the crumbling shell and set about transforming it with their own hands.

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Season 04, Episode 07 The Oak-Framed House, Argyll

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Feb 4, 2004
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The Oak-Framed House, Argyll Feb 4, 2004 David and Greta loved their home, a modernist structure in Surrey that they had built themselves almost 40 years ago. It was filled with things they'd chosen over the years – design classics, mementoes, David's paintings. But that house was falling apart and had to come down. Meanwhile, they had lost their hearts to a German post-and-beam house, designed by architect Peter Huf and available as a customised kit.

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Season 5

Season 05, Episode 01 Peckham: The Sliding Glass Roof House

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Apr 13, 2005
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Peckham: The Sliding Glass Roof House Apr 13, 2005 When Monty Ravenscroft and Clare Loewe began looking for a house to buy in London they soon realised that the only affordable option was to build one themselves. They snapped up a dirt cheap slither of land in Peckham at an auction only to be told it was too small to put a house on. Undeterred, three years ago, engineering whiz Monty began building an extraordinary experimental bungalow that filled the site to bursting point.

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Season 05, Episode 02 The Sliding Glass Roof House, Peckham

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Apr 20, 2005
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The Sliding Glass Roof House, Peckham Apr 20, 2005 For the last 20 years, Pat Becker has been living in a large Georgian family house overlooking the sea in Devon. Now that her family have flown the nest and the house has grown too big for her, she's decided to build a new home at the bottom of the garden.Shaped like a curvy seashell, the new house has concrete and polystyrene walls, which spiral down from the central staircase. Her architect has promised it will take only six months to build but constructing a round house is never straightforward!

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Season 05, Episode 03 Kent: Finnish Log Cabin

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Apr 27, 2005
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Kent: Finnish Log Cabin Apr 27, 2005 John Cadney and Marnie Moon have never had a permanent home. For 16 years they've camped on land owned by Marnie's parents because they could never afford to buy a house in the area where they live. So John, a carpenter, rolled his sleeves up and decided to build a house for his family with his bare hands.After much searching for the right kind of house they settled on an environmentally friendly four-bedroom log cabin. The whole thing was imported from Finland as hundreds of pre-cut bits of wood. All John had to do is figure out how it all fits together!

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Season 05, Episode 04 A Family Home built out of Finnish Logs, Kent

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Oct 19, 2005
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A Family Home built out of Finnish Logs, Kent Oct 19, 2005 When Monty Ravenscroft and Clare Loewe began looking for a house to buy in London they soon realised that the only affordable option was to build one themselves. They snapped up a dirt cheap slither of land in Peckham at an auction only to be told it was too small to put a house on. Undeterred, three years ago, engineering whiz Monty began building an extraordinary experimental bungalow that filled the site to bursting point.

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Season 05, Episode 05 Belfast: A 21st Century Answer to the Roman Villa

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Nov 2, 2005
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Belfast: A 21st Century Answer to the Roman Villa Nov 2, 2005 This is Belfast, one of the great cities of the industrial revolution, and home to Thomas and Dervla O?Hare. They?ve lived here for 18 years, and although they still love their tiny cottage for its compactness, they?re about to build something much, much bigger. They?re building a 21st century answer to the Roman villa, with a copper roof, glass and concrete walls and vast amounts of living space all arranged around a central courtyard.

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Season 05, Episode 06 Devon: Miami Style Beach House

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Nov 9, 2005
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Devon: Miami Style Beach House Nov 9, 2005 Kevin McCloud meets Julie and Mark Veysey, whose Grand Design is a stunning Miami-style beach house on a beachfront plot overlooking the south Devon coast. Julie and Mark have had several holidays in Miami, and Julie wanted to recreate the outdoor beachfront lifestyle back in England, living in a house full of light and sun, within easy reach of the waves.

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Season 05, Episode 07 Carmarthen: The Eco-House

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Nov 16, 2005
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Carmarthen: The Eco-House Nov 16, 2005 Andrew and Lowri Davies embark on a project to build an environmentally friendly farmhouse in rural Wales. Encouraged by their architect, they opt for some state-of-the-art experimental building materials; but do their builders know how to use them?As the budget spirals out of control, they find it increasingly difficult to balance the budget with their desire for a sustainable home.

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Season 06, Episode 01 The Loch House, Killearn

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Apr 5, 2006
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The Loch House, Killearn Apr 5, 2006 Jim Fairfull considers himself a very lucky guy. He was out fishing with a friend when he came across a beautiful, secluded loch. It’s a magical place with stunning views over the nearby hills. He got chatting to the farmer who owned it and discovered the site was for sale. Within a week, he’d done a deal and bought the land.The loch also gave them a fantastic opportunity to build a very unique house. They can control the water level of the loch which means they could actually build over the loch without worrying about flooding. So with the help of their architect, they designed an extravagant split level five bedroom house that actually hovers over the loch.

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Season 06, Episode 02 The Contemporary Barn Conversion, Ross-on-Wye

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Apr 12, 2006
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The Contemporary Barn Conversion, Ross-on-Wye Apr 12, 2006 Hillcott Barn looked more like a Tuscan monastery than an English barn. When the farmer put it up for sale, most people who viewed it walked away. It was dark and isolated and could only be reached by a half mile farm track with a steep 1:8 gradient. But furniture designer Robert Ellis (58) had had his eye on it for some time. For years he’d been jogging past the barn and always thought one day he’d like to live there. Against all advice, Rob and his wife Jane, (58) a textile designer, went ahead and bought the barn for £210,000 and proposed to convert at £250,000.

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Season 06, Episode 03 Stirling: The Contemporary Cedar Clad Home

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Apr 19, 2006
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Stirling: The Contemporary Cedar Clad Home Apr 19, 2006 Theo and Elaine Leijser hoped to bring a bit of Dutch style to Scotland in the building of their first family home – a colourful, contemporary three storey house, with a striking cedar clad exterior. The couple stumbled across the perfect plot overlooking the beautiful Campsie Fells near Glasgow, bought it and began to plan their dream build.

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Season 06, Episode 04 Water Tower Conversion, Ashford

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Apr 26, 2006
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Water Tower Conversion, Ashford Apr 26, 2006 For six years Bruno and Denise Del Tufo stared at the large concrete water tower at the bottom of their garden trying to figure out what to do with it. It’s a very rare object – a square water tower on stilts designed by architect Edwin Lutyens, who built it to supply the manor house nearby.The planners were open to persuasion so they approached an architect who came up with a bold, uncompromising extension in metal, glass and concrete. Denise and Bruno were keen to keep the original structure visible so the new house is threaded between the legs of the water tower.

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Season 06, Episode 05 Revisited: 19th Century Manor House, Creuse

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May 17, 2006
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Revisited: 19th Century Manor House, Creuse May 17, 2006 Christine Benjamin and her husband Peter currently live in an Edwardian manor house called Medland Manor. Both in their 60s, the manor is getting to be too large for them, so they’ve decided to build themselves something smaller.Despite the manor’s traditional style, Peter and Christine felt strongly that their new building should embrace modern design whilst remaining sensitive to its site. So they came up with a house that is part traditional timber frame cottage, part modern glass pavilion.

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Season 06, Episode 06 Revisited - Killearn: Loch House

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Apr 22, 2009
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Revisited - Killearn: Loch House Apr 22, 2009 Jim Fairfull considers himself a very lucky guy. He was out fishing with a friend when he came across a beautiful, secluded loch. It's a magical place with stunning views over the nearby hills. He got chatting to the farmer who owned it and discovered the

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Season 06, Episode 07 Garden House, Mies van der Rohe, Exeter

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Nov 16, 2011
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Garden House, Mies van der Rohe, Exeter Nov 16, 2011 Kevin revisits Denise and Bruno Del Tufo who six years ago set about transforming a concrete water tower in their back garden into an avant-garde contemporary home.

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Season 7

Season 07, Episode 01 Yorkshire: The 14th Century Castle

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Feb 28, 2007
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Yorkshire: The 14th Century Castle Feb 28, 2007 Every Englishman’s home is his castle but for Francis Shaw this is quite literally true. He and his wife, Karen, and their two young daughters, bought the ruins of a 14th Century castle in Yorkshire and took on the remarkable challenge of turning a pile of stones into a beautiful home. Surrounded by rolling green fields, the location is idyllic; however, the castle itself was little more than four crumbling walls.

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Season 07, Episode 02 Thatched Cottage, Hampshire

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Mar 7, 2007
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Thatched Cottage, Hampshire Mar 7, 2007 Eight years ago Alex and Cheryl Reay left London for a new life in the New Forest. They bought a run down medieval thatched cottage and lovingly brought it back to life. Then just before Christmas, with Cheryl pregnant, disaster struck. A fault in the chimney caused a massive fire which destroyed the entire building. Overnight Alex and Cheryl had lost almost £400,000.Whilst most people would have walked away from this, Alex and Cheryl couldn’t let go of their dream. Nine months after the fire, they decided to start all over again and rebuild the cottage, bigger and better than before.

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Season 07, Episode 03 Eco-barge, Medway

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Mar 14, 2007
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Eco-barge, Medway Mar 14, 2007 Chris Miller and his wife Sze Liu Lai lived in a tiny flat in East London with their two children Alexion and Tayszea. It was very tight for space and as the kids grew they really felt in need of more room. Chris and Sze are both social workers on low incomes and they have very little in the way of savings.

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Season 07, Episode 04 The Bournemouth Penthouse

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Mar 21, 2007
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The Bournemouth Penthouse Mar 21, 2007 James and Katrin Gray live in Bournemouth on the south coast. James runs his own book distribution business and Katrin works for an investment bank. They used to live in an apartment on the second floor of a former Victorian hotel. But three years ago, James bought the top floor flat. It was originally built as a solarium for the hotel in the 1920’s where holiday-makers could soak up the sun. Now James and Katrin plan to convert it into a modern, luxury penthouse

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Season 07, Episode 05 Carmarthen Revisit

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Apr 4, 2007
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Carmarthen Revisit Apr 4, 2007 Dean Marks has dreamt of living in a church for as long as he can remember. After searching for the right building for years, he came across St Martin’s near Birmingham, a huge 18th century grade II listed church which looks more like a mausoleum. The church wanted £25,000 for it but Dean knocked them down to £12,500. Now, after fighting for planning permission for four years, Dean and his wife, Hilary, are about to transform this derelict monstrosity into a family home.

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Season 07, Episode 06 Birmingham Church

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Apr 11, 2007
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Birmingham Church Apr 11, 2007 When Pilots Andrew Berry and his wife Helen bought their cottage near Guildford in Surrey 7 years ago they always planned to add a small extension. But over the last few years the modest extension has evolved so much that retaining any of the original cottage simply wasn’t practical. Now it’s being completely demolished to make way for a new five bedroom Art Deco style house.

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Season 07, Episode 07 Cambridge: The Cambridgeshire Eco Home

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May 2, 2007
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Cambridge: The Cambridgeshire Eco Home May 2, 2007 Kelly and Masoko Neville set about building not just a spectacular oak frame and straw bale house, but a whole new way of life in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Kelly is a carpenter by trade and has always dreamed of building an eco friendly home with his own hands. This highly sustainable house, sitting in harmony with nature and its surroundings, will become the base for Kelly and Masoko’s new self-sufficient life where they will produce their own food and energy from the land.

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Season 08, Episode 01 Cheltenham

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Jan 16, 2008
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Cheltenham Jan 16, 2008 A couple who live in a Regency house in Cheltenham that is expensive to run decide to sell up and build a modern low maintenance house in their back garden. However, height restrictions mean they have to build 60 per cent of their new home underground and neighbours make 90 complaints about their planning application. Undeterred, the pair continue as planned, but the project encounters further problems including the departure of the builders.

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Season 08, Episode 02 Oxford

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Jan 23, 2008
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Oxford Jan 23, 2008 Henry Chopping finds his plans to build a new home in Oxford hampered by a listed wall and planning restrictions. With a budget of over three quarters of a million Henry is determined to make his dream home a reality.

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Season 08, Episode 03 Bristol: The Modernist Sugar Cube

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Jan 30, 2008
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Bristol: The Modernist Sugar Cube Jan 30, 2008 An architect plans to build a new house for his family using only white materials. He ends up using stuff more commonly used in commercial buildings.

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Season 08, Episode 04 Gothic House

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Feb 6, 2008
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Gothic House Feb 6, 2008 Jo and Shaun Bennett want to build an Addams Family style Gothic house with a £400,000 budget. With the challenge growing bigger than they ever imagined they face financial problems and struggle to stay within their budget.

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Season 08, Episode 05 Midlothian

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Feb 13, 2008
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Midlothian Feb 13, 2008 Pru and Richard make plans to build a bespoke family home on an industrial site in the middle of the Midlothian countryside.However, the plot of land, an old industrial site complete with lime kilns, comes with a condition. They can build on it only if they become custodians of the kilns, and more importantly, that the house they build blends in with the landscape.It's a huge challenge and Pru and Richard want to build an uncompromisingly modern and, moreover, large box of a house. It could become a blot on the landscape instead of an enhancement. Pru and Richard sensibly plan to start building in the summer, but because it is an industrial site, are forced to do numerous soil tests. The build is delayed until the harsh Scottish winter.With Richard grafting hard to pay for the build, it's down to Pru, a food writer, to project manage. Naively she doesn't consider this a full time job, but when her trusty builder goes away and she is left to manage alone, she starts to realise just what she's let herself in for. This giant of a house is a giant of a project. Until it's complete, nobody is quite sure whether it will fulfill its brief.

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Season 08, Episode 06 Bath

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Feb 20, 2008
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Bath Feb 20, 2008 Kevin attempts to help helps Tiffany and Jonny with their dream of creating an ultra-modern, eco-friendly home in Bath in the west country.Rather than go down the traditional building route, Tiffany and Jonny opted for a German pre-fabricated kit house with great green credentials.But before they could even think about building their house they had to prepare their site: a fiercely steep hillside. Tiffany and Jonny embarked on the biggest ground works project Grand Designs has ever seen, costing around £300,000.And, just when they were about to complete these mammoth works, the weather turned bad and disaster struck. Their neighbour's wall collapsed in a storm. The resulting damage could have cost them nearly £100,000. Determined to carry on, even through 80 tonnes of extra mud, Tiffany and Jonny persevered, and a year into their project, were finally able to go to Germany to choose their house. Every fixture and fitting had to be decided and, once made, no changes were allowed.Now, with the promise of the house taking only five days to go up on site, and with no possibility of landslides, hopefully their build will now run smoothly.

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Season 08, Episode 07 Puglia Revisited

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Apr 2, 2008
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Puglia Revisited Apr 2, 2008 In Maidstone, Jean and Bill Letley, a septuagenarian couple plan a highly contemporary bungalow complete with underfloor heating and prototype steel foundations. The project would test even the most accomplished workmen, but is left to their daughter and son-in-law, who have little building experience and have to make personal sacrifices.

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Season 9

Season 09, Episode 01 The Apprentice Store, Somerset

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Jan 28, 2009
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The Apprentice Store, Somerset Jan 28, 2009 Ian and Sophie Cooper met at university and have since spent their time together enjoying life in London. Ian works as a marketing consultant in telecoms and Sophie is a sales manager for a fashion firm. Both are passionate about design.They’ve done the usual thing of renovating flats and moving on... but three years ago they realised they wanted a different kind of life in a different kind of building.

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Season 09, Episode 02 The Chilterns Water Mill, Oxfordshire

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Feb 4, 2009
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The Chilterns Water Mill, Oxfordshire Feb 4, 2009 Inspired by an illustration on a yoghurt pot, Chris Ostwald decides to build a New England-style water mill in the Chilterns, on a hill and nowhere near any water.

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Season 09, Episode 03 The Newport Folly, Newport

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Feb 11, 2009
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The Newport Folly, Newport Feb 11, 2009 Sarah and Dean Berry grew up on a council estate in Newport. Having moved away to London and made good, they have now returned home 17 years later and bought an 18th century folly - a castle perched on a hilltop. They not only plan to restore the folly to its former glory, but wrap a large modern extension around the original structure, with lots of glass to capitalise on the amazing views.

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Season 09, Episode 04 The Eco Arch, Kent

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Feb 18, 2009
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The Eco Arch, Kent Feb 18, 2009 Kevin McCloud follows the progress of architect Richard Hawkes and wife Sophie, who are moving from London to the Kent countryside to build a hi-tech eco-friendly house with room to grow their own food. Richard also wants their new home to blend effortlessly into the surrounding countryside, concealed beneath a huge arch of clay tiles covered with earth and planted with grass

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Season 09, Episode 05 The Brittany Groundhouse, Brittany

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Feb 25, 2009
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The Brittany Groundhouse, Brittany Feb 25, 2009 Daren Howarth and Adi Nortje are keen to build an earth-sheltered home from recycled materials in Brittany. The house is a very low tech one, mainly constructed from old car tyres.

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Season 09, Episode 06 The Marlborough Farm house, Wiltshire

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Mar 4, 2009
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The Marlborough Farm house, Wiltshire Mar 4, 2009 Dairy farmer Andrew Ainslie and his artist wife Meryl, who run a gallery on their farm, build a modern barn-style farmhouse on their 700 acre farm in the rolling chalk hills of Wiltshire.

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Season 09, Episode 07 The Prefabricated house, Kent

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Mar 11, 2009
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The Prefabricated house, Kent Mar 11, 2009 Mimi De Costa and her husband Andre, a doctor, had spent years looking for a plot of land when they came across a bungalow in Kent.The original bungalowThey bought it for the site - 12 acres of organic pasture and woodland - and started to plan a new home for their sons, Sean and Tye, that would suit a lower impact way of living.But what they're building isn’t going to be a reproduction of the bungalow. It's a squarish, modular building, with glass walls from floor to ceiling. The outside of the building is clad in cedar that will go grey to match the surrounding oak trees.The idea is that by prefabricating most of the house it should be quicker and easier to put together on site. But although it will be precision made, it isn’t a kit house.

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Season 10

Season 10, Episode 01 Isle of Wight: The Tree House

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Sep 15, 2010
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Isle of Wight: The Tree House Sep 15, 2010 Kevin McCloud follows the progress of architectural designer Lincoln Miles and his wife, artist Lisa Traxler, who want to create their own home on the Isle of Wight. They have bought a property on a prime piece of land and set out to transform it into a creative structure that complements the unspoilt woodland setting.

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Season 10, Episode 02 Cotswold: The Stealth House

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Sep 22, 2010
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Cotswold: The Stealth House Sep 22, 2010 Helen and Chris Seymour Smith are architects who are planning to build a subterranean, eco-friendly house underneath a ruined 300-year-old barn in the Cotswolds. Kevin McCloud follows their progress as they set out to create a building that is airtight and needs no heating, but whose spartan interior raises questions of habitability

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Season 10, Episode 03 Woodbridge: The Modest Home

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Sep 29, 2010
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Woodbridge: The Modest Home Sep 29, 2010 Kevin McCloud follows the efforts of Lucie Fairweather to build an eco-friendly house in Woodbridge, Suffolk. After the death of her partner 18 months earlier, and not having a large budget, Lucie is determined to create a beautiful and affordable family home with the help of Jerry Tate, an architect who was involved in the design of the Eden Project

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Season 10, Episode 04 Stowmarket: The Tudor Guildhall

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Oct 6, 2010
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Stowmarket: The Tudor Guildhall Oct 6, 2010 Kevin McCloud follows the progress of Simon Bennett and his wife Jill as they try to restore two timber-framed barns in Suffolk. The couple found out that one of the buildings is among the smallest surviving medieval guildhalls in the country, and while Kevin advises the pair to conserve it in its present state, Simon is determined to restore it to its former glory.

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Season 10, Episode 05 Ipswich: The Radian House

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Oct 13, 2010
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Ipswich: The Radian House Oct 13, 2010 Jonathan and Lindsay want to build a house that's exciting to look at, cheap to run, and ecologically sound. But the build is a battle, with technologies that don't work and a tight budget.

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Season 10, Episode 06 Lizard Peninsular: The Scandinavian House

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Oct 20, 2010
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Lizard Peninsular: The Scandinavian House Oct 20, 2010 Kevin meets interior designer Kathryn Tyler, who has decided the best way onto the property ladder is to design and build her own house in her parents' back garden in Falmouth.

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Season 10, Episode 07 West Cumbria: The Adaptahaus

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Oct 27, 2010
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West Cumbria: The Adaptahaus Oct 27, 2010 Alan Dawson has invented his own way of making a house, with every piece put together on site in days. But it must all fit perfectly. Only then will Alan know if his unique house works.

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Season 11

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Season 11, Episode 01 Morpeth: The Derelict Mill Cottage

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Sep 14, 2011
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Morpeth: The Derelict Mill Cottage Sep 14, 2011 Kevin McCloud looks at the transformation of a derelict mill cottage in Northumberland into a contemporary family home, the longest-running project ever featured on the programme. Stefan Lepkowski and Annia Shabowska began work in 2006, and their ambitious plans involved restoring the Georgian building, reconstructing a watermill and adding a steel-and-glass atrium, but their budget of £250,000 was completely inadequate.

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Season 11, Episode 02 London: The Contemporary Mansion

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Sep 21, 2011
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London: The Contemporary Mansion Sep 21, 2011 Paul and Penny are tearing down their million pound home in south London to build a contemporary mansion. But the challenge of building a complex home soon starts to bite.

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Season 11, Episode 03 Tenby: The Lifeboat Station

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Sep 28, 2011
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Tenby: The Lifeboat Station Sep 28, 2011 Kevin follows the progress being made as Tim and Philomena O'Donovan, convert a lifeboat station in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, into a contemporary home.

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Season 11, Episode 04 Essex: The Large Timber-framed Barn

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Oct 5, 2011
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Essex: The Large Timber-framed Barn Oct 5, 2011 Kevin McCloud follows the conversion of a large, Grade II-listed timber-framed barn in Essex into a family home and work-space by artists Freddie Robbins and Ben Coode-Adams. Their plans involve few interior walls to display their collection of toys, but at seven times the size of an average three-bedroom house, the transformation of the 500-year-old building proves extremely challenging.

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Season 11, Episode 05 Herefordshire: The Recycled Timber-framed House

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Oct 12, 2011
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Herefordshire: The Recycled Timber-framed House Oct 12, 2011 Kevin McCloud meets estate manager Ed Waghorn and his wife Rowena, a couple living an almost self-sufficient life with their four children on a smallholding in Herefordshire. They have been constructing a timber-framed house using recycled materials, wood from nearby forests and stone from around the site, but as construction becomes a way of life for Ed they seem to have lost sight of their goal.

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Season 11, Episode 06 Cornwall: The Dilapidated Engine House

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Oct 19, 2011
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Cornwall: The Dilapidated Engine House Oct 19, 2011 Ever since he was a child, stonemason Adam Purchase has loved the old silver mine engine houses that characterise Cornwall's landscape. When he and his partner Nicola Brennan chanced upon a dilapidated Grade II listed engine house with planning permission to turn into a home, it was a dream come true. But converting this important historic ruin into a place to live was never going to be easy. The building itself was little more than a shell, with crumbling plant-infested walls and no roof, windows or floors: a challenge for even the most experienced builders like Adam. Meanwhile the banks refuse to lend them more than £100k, which Adam and Nicola both know is barely enough to get them through. Still, driven by their passion for old buildings, Nicola agrees to support Adam while he takes a year off work to complete the project.

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Season 11, Episode 07 London: The Disco Home

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Oct 26, 2011
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London: The Disco Home Oct 26, 2011 Claire and Ian try to build a home big enough for a disco on a small plot at the end of a London mews. But as angry locals begin to object to their plans, things start to go awry.

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Season 12

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Season 12, Episode 01 Cloontykilla Castle, Ireland

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Sep 12, 2012
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Cloontykilla Castle, Ireland Sep 12, 2012 The new series kicks off with a Grand Design on an epic scale, with the story of one man's heroic attempt to fulfil his childhood dream and bring back from the ruins an incredible castle set in one of the most beautiful landscapes of southern Ireland.Actor Sean Simons fell in love with the ruins of Cloontykilla Castle when he played there as a boy. Years later he bought it, with the idea of turning it into a spectacular, theatrical mock 16th century home, complete with grand baronial hall, luxury bedrooms, sweeping staircases, water spouting gargoyles, Jacuzzis in the battlements and a huge recording studio in the basement.But would it prove to be a magnificent personal masterpiece, or a garish sub-Disneyesque disaster?After borrowing an eye-watering 1.2 million Euros, Sean launches into his project just as Ireland plunges into recession. He has a head full of fairy tales, but no help from an architect, or indeed any formal plans whatsoever. Making things up as you go along is fine if you're building a toy castle, but not when you've got a large team of builders on site, a schedule to hit and the bank looking over your shoulder.Over two years, rooms are built, then knocked down again. Contractors walk out in frustration. Planning permissions are ignored.But somehow Sean's vision starts to come alive... just as Ireland collapses into financial meltdown.

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Season 12, Episode 02 Brixton, London

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Sep 19, 2012
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Brixton, London Sep 19, 2012 In Brixton in south London design-mad couple Mary Martin and Carl Turner want to build a home that resembles a giant stack of glass cubes that's a Zen retreat from the noise and chaos of the capital.Mary and Carl want to build something never seen before amongst Brixton's traditional Victorian terraces. Minimalism-obsessed Mary and her architect partner Carl have spent years renovating their homes to be as simple to live in as possible.But this project is bigger and more ambitious than anything they've taken on before.In order to save money, Carl decides he has to take on as many of the specialist build jobs as he can. The results are hair raising as the cranes and steel frames hit the narrow plot.But Carl's biggest test lies ahead, when it comes to finishing the minimalist interior. The tiniest error in the detailing could ruin all the blood, sweat and tears he's put into building this urban sanctuary.

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Season 12, Episode 03  - The Computer Ccut House, Herefordshire

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Sep 26, 2012
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- The Computer Ccut House, Herefordshire Sep 26, 2012 Kevin meets a pair of civil-partnered university professors, Celia Brackenridge and Diana Woodward.  They have enlisted the services of industrial designers who have developed a new computer-assisted method for cutting precision-engineered building blocks, however although the technique may be clever, its creators have never created a building before

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Season 12, Episode 04 The Thames Boathouse

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Oct 10, 2012
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The Thames Boathouse Oct 10, 2012 Kevin McCloud follows Lysette and Nigel Offley, who are knocking down an old Thames boathouse and constructing a cutting-edge home in its place. Taking inspiration from the river itself, they have designed a building of waves and curves with a huge glass porthole for a roof light. But problems begin almost from the start, as they can't find a contractor willing to build over the water, their architect leaves unexpectedly and the costs turn out much higher than expected. To make matters worse, the neighbours aren't happy about such a radical sight in their traditional community. As they begin to compromise, Kevin wonders if the couple's dreams will ever be realised.

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Season 12, Episode 05 The Derelict Water Tower

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Oct 17, 2012
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The Derelict Water Tower Oct 17, 2012 Kevin McCloud marks the 100th episode with one of the programme's most ambitious projects to date. Leigh Osborne and Graham Voce want to convert and extend a landmark 150-year-old water tower in central London into a luxury home. Grade II-listed, derelict and with 6ft-thick walls, it's a huge challenge for the pair, who also plan to build two structures at the base - a lift shaft connected by a series of glass tunnels, and a modern living space. The result will be a four-bedroom property over nine floors, complete with a room at the top offering spectacular 360 degree views across the capital.

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Season 12, Episode 06 London: The Underground House

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Oct 24, 2012
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London: The Underground House Oct 24, 2012 Kevin McCloud meets Audrey and Jeff, who dream of living in one of west London's most exclusive areas. However, the way they can afford it is to go underground. Their plan is to transform a listed Edwardian artist's studio - along with 5,000 sq ft of derelict basement - into a bespoke subterranean home, complete with supersize kitchen, mezzanine sitting room, four en-suite bedrooms, a gym, cinema, steam room and wine cellar. As if the task weren't tricky enough, they are doing it without proper architect's drawings and Audrey is project managing - and the difficulties begin almost from the start.

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Season 12, Episode 07 Isle of Skye: The Larch-Clad House

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Oct 31, 2012
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Isle of Skye: The Larch-Clad House Oct 31, 2012 Kevin McCloud meets artists Indi and Rebecca, who are planning to build a modern, larch-clad home on the Isle of Skye, with a second hand-crafted building alongside to use as their studio, all on a tight budget of £150,000. They have been saving for years, but making it happen will mean taking on the savage weather, not to mention the sceptical locals - and as if that weren't enough, most of the work is being done by one man, local builder Donald.

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Season 13

Season 13, Episode 01 The 1920s Cinema

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Sep 4, 2013
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The 1920s Cinema Sep 4, 2013 Kevin McCloud follows a project to renovate and extend a classic 1920s cinema in Thorne, South Yorkshire. With little knowledge of restoration, Gwyn and Kate boldly set about turning the dilapidated building into a family home using masses of concrete after taking advice from an architect friend. The couple are hoping to create a hydraulic glass wall that opens up one side of the house to form a UV-filtered canopy, and there are also plans for a white roof extension that resembles a diving board.

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Season 13, Episode 02 North London: The miniature Hollywood mansion

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Sep 11, 2013
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North London: The miniature Hollywood mansion Sep 11, 2013 Jonathan Broom and his wife Deborah have put everything on hold while he pursues his dream of building a mini Hollywood Hills-style mansion right in the gritty heart of north London. For ten years Jonathan Broom has been obsessed with building his own home.They finally stumble across a scrap of land right in the gritty heart of North London, but it's fraught with problems, and the only way they can build their wildly ambitious £1million pound family home, complete with nanny flat and swimming pool, is by sinking half of it six metres below ground. It's a project that pushes the couple and their builder to the very limit. Desperate to make every penny of the budget stretch, Jonathan strikes every deal he can, and even sells his business to raise funds. Originally scheduled to take a year, this giant hole in the ground consumes their money and lives for much longer.

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Season 13, Episode 03 York: The Giant Farm Shed

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Sep 18, 2013
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York: The Giant Farm Shed Sep 18, 2013 Kevin meets Martin and Kae Walker, who want to build the ultimate family home inspired by a giant farm shed.

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Season 13, Episode 04 Devon

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Sep 25, 2013
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Devon Sep 25, 2013 When he lost three limbs in Afghanistan, Jon's life changed forever. Now he wants to build a house that allows him to live independently. The design is cutting edge, but the budget spirals. Marine captain Jon's life changed forever when he stepped on a land mine. Before his injuries, home for Jon had meant a crooked chocolate box Devon cottage. After countless viewings of uninspiring specialist dwellings and awkward conversions, they realised that the only way to get a house that would enable Jon to live independently was to build it themselves. The design boasts sleek glass walls, open plan spaces and a dramatic wing-like roof. Crucially the design concept is for there to be no noticeable adaptations due to Jon's disabilities. Despite his lack of experience, Jon decides to project manage and calls on the support of a number of military charities for this hugely ambitious project. The pressure to finish on time increases when Becky discovers she is pregnant.

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Season 13, Episode 05 South Lanarkshire

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Oct 2, 2013
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South Lanarkshire Oct 2, 2013 Kevin meets flying instructor Colin Mackinnon and trapeze artist Marta Briongos and the incredible metal home they're building next to their very own airfield in Strathaven, Scotland. There aren't many people in Britain who can say they own their own airfield. But Colin and Marta Briongos are part of the very select few. The airfield is so important to them, they've decided to live there too. Their ambitious plan is to build an incredible metal sculptural home next to the runway, designed by one of Scotland's most eminent architects and inspired by aircraft hangars. But the difficulties of building their beautiful design soon become apparent. And before the project is barely off the ground they're contending with violent rain, snow, 100-mile-an-hour winds and the worst storms for 100 years. With work slowed down to a snail's pace, what was supposed to be a year-long project heads into its third year.

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Season 13, Episode 06 Monmouthshire: Japanese House

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Oct 9, 2013
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Monmouthshire: Japanese House Oct 9, 2013 Tamayo Hussey's missed Japan ever since she moved to the UK with her husband Nigel. To stave off the homesickness they've decided to transform a forester's lodge into a Japanese house complete with roof bath, tatami room and sliding paper walls.Keen to keep costs under control, Nigel and Tamayo decide to engage only the design skills of an architect and with no previous building experience they bravely go it alone, working without any detailed drawings and fire-fighting problems every step of the way.The wood they're using for the timber frame - Japanese larch - hasn't been used for building houses before in the UK, so no one can be sure it will be strong enough, the new interior walls don't meet properly and the replacement window design can't cope with the rain.But Nigel and Tamayo are determined to overcome any obstacle to get the Japanese house they're so desperate for.

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Season 13, Episode 07 South London: Modernist Masterpiece

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Oct 16, 2013
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South London: Modernist Masterpiece Oct 16, 2013 A young couple want take on an average 1950s house and turn it into an architectural masterpiece.After a year of searching London for somewhere exciting to live with their young girls Lola and Sylva, Ben and Rachel Hammond stumbled upon a house on a totally unique plot, buried within the leafy depths of a beautiful south London park. Only problem is the house itself - an ugly, inefficient and uninspiring red brick property.Their solution is uncompromising. With the help of their architect friend Zac, they decide not to knock it down, but to radically redesign, remodel and transform this unsightly lump it into a sleek, crisp, modernist masterpiece.This is no easy task however. Their cutting edge new materials struggle to get past the local planning department and building control. Delivery of key elements like the giant glass window panes is massively delayed. The contractors struggle to deliver on an incredibly tight fixed price contract, and Ben and Rachel have to work flat out in their day jobs to pay for everything.

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Season 14

Season 14, Episode 01 North Wales: The Clifftop House

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Sep 3, 2014
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North Wales: The Clifftop House Sep 3, 2014 Rob Hodgson and Kay Ralph plan to build an architectural monument high on a cliff top. They want to build a sleek glass-fronted house inspired by the cliff-top villas of California.Their plot overlooks a beautiful National Trust beach in North Wales, but to have their jaw-dropping panoramic views will mean taking the biggest gamble of their lives.Access will be incredibly difficult and expensive because of a low bridge over the narrow track to the site.Erosion specialists predict their stunning new home could one day fall into the sea. Prohibited by the local council from reinforcing the cliff face, they decide to build anyway, believing at least the house will outlive them.

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Season 14, Episode 02 North Cornwall: The Cross-Laminated Timber House

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Sep 10, 2014
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North Cornwall: The Cross-Laminated Timber House Sep 10, 2014 Rebecca Sturrock has returned to her family home in Cornwall with her partner Gregory Kewish and a highly ambitious plan. Together they will transform a small, damp, single-storey bungalow into a cutting-edge home on a budget of just pounds 80,000. With rain and wind hammering the site, however, it soon becomes dangerously clear they may have bitten off more than they can chew.

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Season 14, Episode 03 Milton Keynes: Round House

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Sep 17, 2014
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Milton Keynes: Round House Sep 17, 2014 Peter Berkin and his wife Chard have decided to build a new home at the bottom of their garden. Problem is, right from the start they can't agree on any part of the design - even the basic shape.Peter wants the new house to feature a workshop where he can build a plane. He wants the house to be round. Chard however wants it to be square and practical.Peter aims to spend pounds 400K, Chard wants to keep the budget around pounds 200K.With Peter building as much of the house as he can himself, helped by his mates, and Chard taking control of the money and schedule, it looks like a recipe for disaster.

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Season 14, Episode 04 County Derry: Shipping Container House

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Sep 24, 2014
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County Derry: Shipping Container House Sep 24, 2014 A young farmer and architect in Northern Ireland hopes to make a home out of four large shipping containers welded together to form a giant cross.Patrick Bradley has come up with a pounds 100k house design to be built out of four 45-foot shipping containers, welded together to form a giant cross and cantilevered over the top of a stream at a beautiful secluded spot on the family farm.His mum is hoping his new home will get Patrick a girlfriend. But his tiny budget is soon under threat.

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Season 14, Episode 05 South East London: Urban Shed

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Oct 1, 2014
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South East London: Urban Shed Oct 1, 2014 Tracy Fox and husband Steve want to build an 'urban shed' out of industrial materials in an old milk yard in south east London. But the choice of unorthodox materials proves challenging and costly.The build will feature two studios, three bedrooms and a double height space with walkway, with materials including corrugated cement fibre board and 20 foot panels of polycarbonate sheeting.Work on the build stalls until they meet Romas and Remi, a young firm of builders, who boldly decide to take on the challenge of building it for just pounds 300k.

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Season 14, Episode 06 Norfolk: Periscope House

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Oct 8, 2014
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Norfolk: Periscope House Oct 8, 2014 Natasha Cargill wants to build a home shaped like two enormous periscopes in rural Norfolk. But a limited budget and tight planning restrictions start to take their toll.To get planning permission for her build, Natasha Cargill has to ensure not only that the materials used are sustainable, but also agree to measure the amount of diesel used to deliver them.The planning controls are so rigid in fact that even details like the type of portaloos the builders use and the size of her bath have to be monitored.Natasha has just pounds 330k to spend on construction and just six months to complete.

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Season 14, Episode 07 River Thames: Floating House

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Oct 15, 2014
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River Thames: Floating House Oct 15, 2014 Andy and Nicki Bruce try to build an experimental flood-proof floating house on an island in the River Thames. But building such a complex design on a site with limited access is not easy.Andy and Nicki Bruce's amphibious house, the first of its kind in the UK. Their architect has come up with an ambitious, experimental design that has never been tried on a river bank in Britain and no one knows whether it will work.The Bruces decide to build on a site on a small island in the river. But it's not long before the project becomes bogged down in the logistical challenges of building such a complex design on a small island that is only accessible by a narrow footbridge.

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Season 15

Season 15, Episode 01 Living in the City

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Jul 9, 2015
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Living in the City Jul 9, 2015 Kevin McCloud presents the first of four special programmes inspired by 15 years of Grand Designs. He begins with a look at the challenges of self-building in the city, where space is at a premium and architects have to be at their most ingenious. Kevin uses footage from the best urban builds from the show over the years, meets pioneers at the forefront of the latest architectural thinking and looks at clever innovations that continue to transform people's lives to reveal which designs work best and why.

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Season 15, Episode 02 Living in the Wild

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Jul 16, 2015
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Living in the Wild Jul 16, 2015 In the second of four special programmes, Kevin McCloud looks at the challenges of self-building in the UK's most remote places, where beautiful landscapes often meet savage weather. Drawing on footage from 15 years of the programme, as well as new visits to extraordinary and incredible homes, Kevin reveals which designs work best, and why. Along the way, he interviews pioneers at the forefront of architecture in the wilderness and sees the astonishing lengths people go to live on the edges of society.

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Season 15, Episode 03 Living in Suburbia

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Jul 23, 2015
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Living in Suburbia Jul 23, 2015 Kevin McCloud reveals how self-builders in the suburbs are transforming this most maligned of residential environments. He draws on some of the best examples from the 15-year history of Grand Designs, talks to experts in the latest architectural thinking and reveals the designs that have reinvented the suburbs as a place where home-owners really can have it all.

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Season 15, Episode 04 Living in the Country

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Jul 30, 2015
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Living in the Country Jul 30, 2015 Kevin McCloud looks at the challenges of self-building in the countryside, where design must embrace and enhance tradition, yet often overcome stringent planning constraints. Drawing on footage from the show's 15-year history, as well as new visits to extraordinary homes, he finds out how pioneers at the forefront of architecture are transforming agricultural and historic buildings, and bringing cutting-edge contemporary design to rural parts.

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Season 16

Season 16, Episode 01 West Sussex

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Sep 9, 2015
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West Sussex Sep 9, 2015 Kevin McCloud meets Clinton Dall from Sussex, a self-made businessman and father of four aiming to build one of the largest homes ever featured on the show. Dall wants the end project to be perfect - from the finish of his mirrored cruciform steel columns, to how the floor tiles line up with the dining room table, and is willing to spend whatever it takes to achieve his vision. However, the construction represents a huge risk, as down one road lies abject failure and financial ruin, while down the other, is the creation of something sublime and almost heroic.

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Season 16, Episode 02 East Sussex

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Sep 16, 2015
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East Sussex Sep 16, 2015 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, 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 pounds 87,000 of the pounds 300,000 budget, and when James decides to make a few tweaks to the design, alarm-bells begin to ring for the young architect.

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Season 16, Episode 03 Isle of Wight

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Sep 23, 2015
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Isle of Wight Sep 23, 2015 After recovering from a life-threatening brain haemorrhage, Bram Vis, his wife Lisa and their two children want to build a house for sharing on a seaside plot on the Isle of Wight. Kevin McCloud follows the family's progress as they build an ambitious home complete with entertaining spaces and a swimming pool. However, the sheer scale of their project soon becomes clear when their original pounds 850k budget spirals out of control.

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Season 16, Episode 04 Worcestershire

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Sep 30, 2015
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Worcestershire Sep 30, 2015 Kevin McCloud follows the progress of 37-year-old Angelo Mastropietro, as he transforms a damp, dark and abandoned cave in Worcestershire. Having recently been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, Angelo wants to create a retreat to help him cope with the news and become a 21st century caveman. He has a budget of pounds 100,000 and plans to almost single-handedly carve, cut and drill into the hillside to make the cave comfortable for contemporary living. However, there is no manual for a project of this kind, and the unique challenge soon becomes an obsession.

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Season 16, Episode 05 County Antrim

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Oct 7, 2015
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County Antrim Oct 7, 2015 Kevin McCloud follows the progress of teacher Michele Long and architect Michael Howe, who want to restore and transform a 100-year-old blacksmiths in County Antrim near the coast of Northern Ireland. With virtually no practical experience, Michael wants to do as much of the project as possible by himself. However, the weather on the coastline is fierce, and the freezing weather coupled with a tight budget of 150k means the build is stretched from one to three years.

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Season 16, Episode 06 Somerset

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Oct 14, 2015
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Somerset Oct 14, 2015 Kevin McCloud follows the progress of private chef Ed Versluys and pilates instructor Vicky Anderson, who want to convert a concrete cowshed in the Somerset countryside into a three bedroom home. With the help of one young builder and the knowledge they can learn from the internet, the couple plan to project manage the conversion themselves. However, they have only eight months and a budget of just over pounds 200k to make a warm and comfortable home with straw bale walls and wide expanses of glass.

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Season 16, Episode 07 South Downs

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Oct 21, 2015
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South Downs Oct 21, 2015 Kevin McCloud follows the progress of Stephen Yeoman and Anita Findlay, who want to build a cutting-edge, post-industrial house covered in rusty metal. However, their prominent riverside plot in the traditional and architecturally conservative area of South Downs means everyone will be watching. The project proves to be a real rollercoaster when the fitting of the rusty steel cladding goes wrong, cash flow problems threaten to bring work to a halt, and the couple announce that a baby is on the way.

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Season 17

Season 17, Episode 01 Gloucestershire: Treehouse

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Sep 21, 2016
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Gloucestershire: Treehouse Sep 21, 2016 Kevin McCloud follows plumber Jon Martin and ceramicist Noreen Jaafar as they transform a neglected half-acre site in Gloucestershire. However, they are unable to cut down the 27 protected trees on the plot, so their solution is to build a big, modern treehouse with stilts screwed into the earth and balconies that will have views for miles.

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Season 17, Episode 02 Horsham: Black House

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Sep 28, 2016
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Horsham: Black House Sep 28, 2016 Kevin McCloud follows Matt and Sophie White from Sussex as they build a giant family house of fun for themselves and their children. Going against the norm of designing a serious and practical home, the couple's property features a revolving bookcase door, secret dens, hiding places, one-way mirrors, and a fireman's pole. Matt uses a steel frame system to allow them to change the layout of the property, and other changes include amending the window shapes and sizes, and adding a half floor to create a James Bond room.

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Season 17, Episode 03 South Cornwall: Wavy Wooden House

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Oct 5, 2016
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South Cornwall: Wavy Wooden House Oct 5, 2016 Kevin McCloud meets Tom and Danielle Raffield, whose lifelong passion has been steam-bending wood. They've used the technique to create extraordinary furniture and lighting, but now plan to use it on a larger scale. In an attempt to escape the confines of their tiny gamekeeper's lodge, they have decided to build a wavy wooden house in South Cornwall, completed with curved cladding, twisted furniture and interior walls covered with weathered timber. With a £100,000 budget, the pair have decided to do a lot of the building themselves, and Kevin is on hand to discover whether they're up to the challenge.

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Season 17, Episode 04 Essex: Black House

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Oct 12, 2016
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Essex: Black House Oct 12, 2016 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.

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Season 17, Episode 05 Ultra-Modern House

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Oct 19, 2016
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Ultra-Modern House Oct 19, 2016 Bolton-based bricklayer Paul Rimmer, who has spent his career restoring and renovating Victorian terrace houses, sets his sights on constructing a state-of-the-art home on a budget of £350,000. However, instead of using the construction materials he has spent the past 40 years mastering, he has opted to build his new home from wood.Roping in his wife Carol, daughter Abby and a selection of favoured workmates, Paul and his team begin work on the ultra-modern, five-bedroom build, and Kevin McCloud reveals how extreme weather, exhaustion, and rapidly dwindling funds place the entire project in jeopardy.

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Season 17, Episode 06 Episode 6

S17 E06

Oct 26, 2016
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Episode 6 Oct 26, 2016 Simon and Jasmine Dale take on the challenging task of building a 21st-century, low-impact three-bedroom family home with a budget of only £500. As part of a pioneering, government-backed, sustainable village called Lammas, the couple must adhere to their fierce planning conditions of self-sufficiency or risk losing everything.

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Season 17, Episode 07 Episode 7

S17 E07

Nov 2, 2016
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Episode 7 Nov 2, 2016 Kevin McCloud meets Mark and Candida Diacono, who have set about building a home in the shape of a plough on their 17-acre smallholding in Devon. With its complex curved roof, timber-clad exterior and steel-framed working barn, the ambitious project presents a unique technical challenge for a local builder and his team of employees, and the task proves even more intimidating when considering Mark and Candida hope to complete work on the build within seven months.

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