grand designs: why?

(549 Posts)
MousyMouse Wed 26-Sep-12 21:15:07

are there (almost) never polish builders shown?

Aboutlastnight Wed 26-Sep-12 21:19:34

I thought you were going to ask why they are building a minimalist, concrete cube house on a perfectly nice garden in Brixton.

And why they keep whining about having no money hmm

Aboutlastnight Wed 26-Sep-12 21:20:07

He reminds me of David Brent

Lexilicious Wed 26-Sep-12 21:22:51

If ever there was a couple I wanted to get pregnant in the middle of a build, it's these. Can you imagine the turmoil of your perfect concrete and chipboard interior being sullied with crates of peppa pig and fireman Sam plastic tat...

Aboutlastnight Wed 26-Sep-12 21:26:19

Can you imagine grin

I would wheel round a first Steps Vtech baby walker...puppy says, clap your hands!

At least Ikea try to hide their chipboard

MousyMouse Wed 26-Sep-12 21:29:40

I can just imagine it.
I like the glas panels.

Lexilicious Wed 26-Sep-12 21:31:40

You could paint all the brio the same slate grey. Technic Lego only.

MousyMouse Wed 26-Sep-12 21:31:44

just imagine the echo.
hel hel lo lo pu pu py py

Aboutlastnight Wed 26-Sep-12 21:32:02

How do you clean all that glass?

Aboutlastnight Wed 26-Sep-12 21:34:40

She would be a 'wooden toys only' mum - until one is lobbed at the glass wall...

iklboo Wed 26-Sep-12 21:37:50

I hated that bloody MDF barn.

MousyMouse Wed 26-Sep-12 21:40:27

that mdf barn reminded me of a bunkhouse in sweden were we spent a night when camping.
it just looks so... unfinished

MousyMouse Wed 26-Sep-12 21:42:01

oh, have you seen the staircase?
topple at the top and you are all the way down.

Barn did look like a camping barn. This house I think looks awful against the other houses, too much of a visual shock and so imposing.

Lexilicious Wed 26-Sep-12 21:43:03

How well does crayon work on plywood? Very effective I should think.

Lovescourgettes Wed 26-Sep-12 21:45:45

This house leaves me cold I am afraid, totally lacking in any warmth or atmosphere and the chipboard just looks really scratchy and uncomfy...

MousyMouse Wed 26-Sep-12 21:48:10

it does look out of place.

MousyMouse Wed 26-Sep-12 21:49:26

last week's was cool, though.

Lexilicious Wed 26-Sep-12 21:50:03

I doubt they give a flying triple glazed panel what us petit bourgeoisie think of their harsh chipboard. They're designers, dahhhhhling. Artists.

[secretly wish I could be that different]

kellestar Wed 26-Sep-12 21:50:42

yuk! looks like it's made of strips of ice.

I can't believe they managed to sell the barn & who has 4 beds in a bedroom?!?

kellestar Wed 26-Sep-12 21:53:18

my DD would love to paint on those walls. it's a toddlers dream, the sticky finger prints, mushy pea's on the ceiling, pee stains on the concrete.

Ive decided I don't like minimalism.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 26-Sep-12 21:56:10

But whyyyy were there 4 single beds in one room in the Norfolk barn?
What did they do in there? And is that linked to wanting to live in a big glass box in Brixton?

Mark my words, the one concession to non-minalism will be a giant pampas grass, which will be revealed in the closing short (maybe).

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 26-Sep-12 21:56:25


MousyMouse Wed 26-Sep-12 21:56:41

it looks unfinished.

KatzGold Wed 26-Sep-12 21:57:11

Yuck, missed the beginning. How on earth did they planning permission?

smugmumofboys Wed 26-Sep-12 21:59:23

That's surely a freight container on the roof?

It's fugly and makes me feel anxious. I love clutter and colour.

MousyMouse Wed 26-Sep-12 21:59:25

look at me I'm a giant icecube

Aboutlastnight Wed 26-Sep-12 21:59:41

It's fucking horrible.

kellestar Wed 26-Sep-12 22:00:18

Ooo can't wait for next weeks! Looks like the claws are out smile

Lexilicious Wed 26-Sep-12 22:01:10

Why can't I find last week's on 4od?

iklboo Wed 26-Sep-12 22:01:12

It's awful. It doesn't look like a home. It's an ego piece.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 26-Sep-12 22:01:44

It's near me. Must go and snoop consider its architectural merits from close quarters.

SomeoneThatYouUsedToKnow Wed 26-Sep-12 22:02:29

That is one ugly house. I can't believe it got planning permission.
I wonder what it will look like in 5 years time??

Hate clutter but love colour, in my opinion they're too try hardy with the minamalistic junction shit & that is a technical phrase wink

Lexilicious Wed 26-Sep-12 22:04:50

My painter worked on one in late 2010 that must be in this series. If it ended up becoming a programme at all of course. I wonder if they have projects they never end up showing? Anyway it was some no expense spared nouveau riche thing in Essex.

ICouldBeYou Wed 26-Sep-12 22:08:12

Clearly minimalism didn't stretch to their HAIR!


ICouldBeYou Wed 26-Sep-12 22:09:22

(obviously I had well-developed and informed views about their houses too) blush

Fugly grin

MousyMouse Wed 26-Sep-12 22:10:11

last week were 2 women building a really nice small practical house in a beautiful landscaped garden. can't find it on the website, though.

It is one of the worst builds I've ever seen on GD. Like a factory but minus the atmosphere.

AWFUL. Grey, soulless. Which is everything art shouldn't be. So, no, I can't even admire it for its artistic merits, never mind whether it's to my own particular taste. Yuck, I hate it.

Loved how uncomfortable they looked on the
Loungers on their "roof terrace".

Arkady Wed 26-Sep-12 22:13:04

Maud, you should have gone to Open House at the weekend. We nosied round the inside. It was stark and horrible. It's like being inside one of those cardboard plans architects make.

Whereas there is a gorgeous self build eco house next to it which is being quite meticulously not shown or mentioned.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 26-Sep-12 22:16:08

Ah, we missed Open House this year. Just as well as it makes me want to demolish my own house.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Wed 26-Sep-12 22:19:20

Everyone on Grand Designs gets pregnant - FACT. I think I should actually fuck all this fertility clinic stuff and just build a Grand Design with Kevin visiting every so often.

He is one of the loveliest men you could meet. So it's not to your taste, doesn't mean it's crap. No I'm not Mary!

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Wed 26-Sep-12 22:45:43

Arf at the notion that KMcC is so potent that all ladies within a five mile zone fall pregnant.

Phoebe - That may be so, but some things are so ugly that they are not subjectively ugly. They simply are ugly.

out2lunch Wed 26-Sep-12 23:10:43

truly hideous

HoldMeCloserTonyDanza Thu 27-Sep-12 01:58:54

It was AWFUL and they were so lucky the end was filmed on such a beautiful day because in normal grey rainy shite it will look so depressing.

sleeplessinsuburbia Thu 27-Sep-12 02:35:57

Link please!! I need to see this!

MousyMouse Thu 27-Sep-12 09:28:29

have asked why last weeks episode is not on their site...

blackteaplease Thu 27-Sep-12 09:32:15

last week's episode was there on Sunday night. It's series 7 not 8. Sometimes they only stay on 4od for a week so you might have missed it.

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 27-Sep-12 10:04:49

Aren't the episodes just ordered strangely on 4od?
THIS was last week's, wasn't ? The 2 academics acting as patrons for the 3d printer thing?

MousyMouse Thu 27-Sep-12 10:15:43

yes, that's the one. very weird indeed.
(but a very nice house in the end)

BrigitBigKnickers Thu 27-Sep-12 10:29:52

It was awful! -inside and out-so stark cold and uninviting-and how on earth did they get planning permission? It was so out of keeping with the rest of the street? I certainly wouldn't want to live opposite such a monstronsity!

Dotty342kids Thu 27-Sep-12 11:54:54

Yep, you can admire the skill that goes into something like that but really, living in it? Just horrific. Last week's was also very modern and creative but in a way that managed to still pull off feeling like a home. Much nicer!

MarshaBrady Thu 27-Sep-12 11:58:14

Got to watch this, will look tonight at it.

bradbourne Thu 27-Sep-12 12:08:03

Looked like a couple of portacabins piled one on top of the other.

Felt sorry for the neighbours - those months of disruption with cranes and lorries and road closures. To end up with that pug-ugly lump dominating the street.

Aboutlastnight Thu 27-Sep-12 13:19:54

It's like those dreadful 'minimalist' white boxes people insist on building with their clean lines blah blah

And in the end you see a middle aged couple rattling around in something which is a cross between a visitor centre and a motorway service station.

The projects I loved were the Hoff (?) House, the woodsman who built his own house and a crazy couple from Edinburgh who rebuilt a castle.

Dotty342kids Thu 27-Sep-12 13:27:31

Oh, I loved the man in the woods too! Such a calm character who obviously passionately loved his craft and was prepared to wait, work, wait, work and wait some more for his dream house. My fave one ever!

Aboutlastnight Thu 27-Sep-12 14:08:30

I loved it when Kevin went back and he had a wife and child and flower garden.

An amazing person and a far better example of the rejection of petit bourgeois values than last night's pair who were wearing sunglasses indoors FFS.

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 27-Sep-12 14:22:21

I also loved the man in the woods! And I read an article with Kev McC, and he said that was his favourite too!

DelGirl Thu 27-Sep-12 14:28:45

My top 3 are the Waterworks in Derby circa 2002. Great couple and a great place. Next, I would choose the couple from Edinburgh who had a small victorian house in the centre of lots of tower blocks. Liked the stonework, not the house so much but the amount of work and dedication they had. Last but my no means least is the house in the woods, aww nice man and as it turns out great family in the end too. smile

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 27-Sep-12 15:55:51

Ben he was called. Ben the man in the woods in the Weald. Sob! I think he struck a real chord with people as we realised how much we too wanted to bring up families in a fairyland in the woods and, more importantly, BUILD A HOUSE FOR TWENTY FECKIN GRAND angry envy

The other one I remember is one in the middle of the Fens, build by a chap called Jacky (who had lovely blue eyes) who had a Japanese wife, and it was all made of wood. He was an utter craftsman, but the usual happened and they ran out of money mid-build. I remember being slightly awed by the sight of this little, delicate looking Japaneses lady harnessing herself to the roof in a gale, and nailing on about forty thousand wooden shingles.

And do you remember the one that deluded half wit eccentric bloke tried building on a boat from reclaimed materials and no architect's plan, or in fact any plan at all? Kevin clearly thought he was mad as well. I think the poor old boat ended up beached and abandoned up some muddy creek.

bruffin Thu 27-Sep-12 16:03:43

It was awful, i got the impression the woman just wants to be centre of attention and doesnt want anything to distract from that. There was no life in the house, no plants, no even on the roof terrace. It probably wont do his business any favours, especially the cheap shortcuts at the beginning.

I loved the waterworks and the woodmans houses, i also loved the setting of this, which must be so calming Not so much the interior, but the sitting on water.

SomeoneThatYouUsedToKnow Thu 27-Sep-12 16:19:19

I loved the Waterworks (the one with the red mini desk) I liked how Kevin was trying his hardest to get an angle on the story but couldn't. The couple kept within their budget, kept within their timeframe and were delighted with what they had achieved. It was completely drama free. I think the Grand Designs team prefer a few disasters along the way.

Aboutlastnight Thu 27-Sep-12 16:23:43

The Huff House was a joy to watch. Craftsman/builders working with precision and quality. Everything went to plan and the house was lovely. The only snag was the British lorry driver who got lost trying g to find the site grin

Frontpaw Thu 27-Sep-12 16:30:12

I really wanted to see the one last night at night time, all lit up. It's the only reason I watched it. I found them slightly irritating people, and I'm sure they are not, and are nice, but I found myself yelling at the telly "where's your junk?" And "Have you never heard of the word 'colour'?"

wonkylegs Thu 27-Sep-12 16:33:39

I'm banned from watching GD by DH he says that as i' an architect I take it all too seriously and get very sweary about it all. blush

Frontpaw Thu 27-Sep-12 16:36:14

Can we have a webcam feed of you getting all worked up and sweary? That would be quite fun actually.

whatkungfuthat Thu 27-Sep-12 16:39:52

I loved the Waterworks too, they were a really lovely couple and they worked their socks off to get it and then renovate it.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 27-Sep-12 16:51:31

Actually Man In The Fens With Japanese Wife was called Kelly, not Jacky. I knew it was some kind of girl's name. And it was the Cambridgshire Fens not Norfolk. Wrong all round really.

HoldMeCloserTonyDanza Thu 27-Sep-12 16:53:16

Last week's one (with the nerds and lesbians) was great.

Frontpaw Thu 27-Sep-12 16:56:04

I loved the Irish couple. He was a builder and I think she was a researcher. What a really nice couple! The Irish actor with the unfinished castle was a bit exasperarting though, and a bit of a dreamer. I wonder if he ever fnished his project?

Lexilicious Thu 27-Sep-12 22:25:05

Which was the one with the middle aged single woman who bought a Martello tower? I think it was on last year but it might have been the Caroline Quentin series not Kevin. I really want to see the revisit of that one.

DH gets a regular email from a website called the Modern House and quite often a GD property comes up there for sale. We lust after them all.

MorrisZapp Thu 27-Sep-12 22:35:53

What about the guy with the upside down wing shaped roof? It started raining before the wildly expensive wood had been sealed, and he called it 'a fur lined, copper bottomed, ocean going balls up' smile

I loved the woodsman, but I lose the plot and start dribbling when the Danish student randomer turns up and gets stuck in to the labouring.

Why is my life not like that?


ArielThePiraticalMermaid Thu 27-Sep-12 22:38:03

It sounds as though you have watched this episode a good few times, Morris. Presumably because of the architectural interest? grin

OlaRapaceFru Fri 28-Sep-12 06:48:46

I nearly cried when I watched the Huff Haus episode - I kept wailing at DP "I want that house' grin

Ben the Woodsman was fantastic.

What about the couple - I think they were in France - that built their house out of old car tyres filled with sand and they used a series of unpaid (apart from food) mates to help them? It seemed a bit bonkers while they were doing it, but the finished house wasn't bad in the end.

The other one that was fantastic was Kathryn Tyler's house in Cornwall (at the bottom of her mum's garden). She's an interior designer, but had designed the entire house herself without using an architect. Kathryn Tyler.

But that barn earlier this week was gopping. KMcC said they had something 7,000 square foot, which is biiig, but it just looked a complete mess and didn't look as though they'd used the space thoughtfully enough.

MousyMouse Fri 28-Sep-12 08:08:27

ohhh my dream is a huf house as well. with a suitable plot to go with it.
near my parent someone has but a huf house in a very tightly built up area. very exposed (think those lovely big windows right next to the pavement...

OlaRapaceFru Fri 28-Sep-12 08:57:15

Why did I spell it Huff, not Huf?! blush

There's another German company that makes houses like that (well, I'm sure there are quite a few), apparently these are the dogs b's!! Baufritz

Yes, not ideal in a built-up area. We're in London and there's a plot of land near us which loads of people have had their eyes on for years but the owner is refusing to sell. I'd love to build a house on it - and I'd love a Huf or Baufritz, but I just can't see it working there, you'd need some decent space around it, preferably with some trees as well!

DH still talks about having a Huf house.....

And I love Kathryn Tyler's house, so perfectly livable and unassuming.

Agree with the other people that were unimpressed by this weeks house. DP is convinced they were swingers (hence multiple beds in their old barn!) and exhibitionists!

I loved the woodsman house as well.
The other one I loved was I think a castle in yorkshire, and they ended up with an amazing terrace at the top of the house.
Off to nosy now at the Kathryn Tyler one...

MousyMouse Wed 10-Oct-12 21:06:09

bottom firmly on the sofa.
the flooplan already looks um interesting

OlaRapaceFru Wed 10-Oct-12 21:14:45

Have I got confused here? The architect for this house (the one on the river) is the wife's XH? But her and her current DH are happy for her XH to design their new house? But it turns out he (XH/architect) is now buggering off to miles away?

MousyMouse Wed 10-Oct-12 21:15:47

and she sounds like a right bitch charming

OlaRapaceFru Wed 10-Oct-12 21:17:06

Oh crikey, yes, they've all dumped each other!!!

OlaRapaceFru Wed 10-Oct-12 21:18:55

I agree, I don't like her much. And she and new DH are just so ... lovey dovey (probably not for long).

Bloody hell "I hope it floods on them". Nice neighbours - not!

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:19:53

Just switched on. Having your ex design your house is a recipe for disaster.

Where is the build? Is it Henley?

MousyMouse Wed 10-Oct-12 21:23:40

and still no polish builders wink

Yama Wed 10-Oct-12 21:23:55

Argh, I missed the first few minutes and thus the floorplan and what it should look like.

Where do normal people get £1.2 million from?

OlaRapaceFru Wed 10-Oct-12 21:25:15

grin Mousy

I'm not quite sure where on the Thames it is?

Oooops - I bet the neighbours are just about to kick off shock

What a nasty old witch that neighbour is.

Shakey1500 Wed 10-Oct-12 21:26:15

It look like Henley, yes smile

Delightful neighbours eh? Anyone else thinking that the ex knew he was buggering off before he designed it for them? <cynical>

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:27:15

Do you mean Vince Hill? Can completely understand how he feels. I wouldn't allow them access via my land.

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:28:08

Ex was incompetent re costings, possibly deliberately so.

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:29:31

They come across as supremely arrogant.

Mollydoggerson Wed 10-Oct-12 21:29:32

I think the ex has got the last laugh, why is the wife so unlikeable?

(attention seekers!)

Shakey1500 Wed 10-Oct-12 21:30:00

Yama the floor plan looks amazing imo.

I would just hate to live next to people with such vitriol.

MousyMouse Wed 10-Oct-12 21:30:13

I wouldn't want to live there.
building insurance must be enourmous with flood risk like that.

I would be miserable moving in, knowing that everyone hated me.

NorbertDentressangle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:34:25

I've got this on in the background. Normally its one of my favourite programmes but they're just not engaging people IYSWIM.

Normally you really feel for the house owners, appreciate their struggles and passion etc but this week ....don't like them I'm afraid.

MousyMouse Wed 10-Oct-12 21:34:56

now up, it doesn't look too bad to me.
might look really nice when the scaffold comes down.

MousyMouse Wed 10-Oct-12 21:37:03

like those tiles.

Shakey1500 Wed 10-Oct-12 21:37:37

Those tiles are bloody amazing!

This is growing on me, the neighbours have to move with the times too, otherwise there would never be any new architecture.

MousyMouse Wed 10-Oct-12 21:40:56

would those tiles work for secondary insulating a victorian terrace? will have a look at the scrap book.

Yama Wed 10-Oct-12 21:42:43

Thanks Shakey - I guess I'll see it at the end.

Looks like a nice place to live ..... except for the neighbours. Mind you, this pair seem pretty thick skinned.

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:43:12

It looks like a German office block. So ugly. I love modern architecture but that is pointlessly ugly.

I think she enjoys winding the neighbours up.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Oct-12 21:43:38

Smug twats.

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:44:17

Do none of you know who Vince Hill is?

OlaRapaceFru Wed 10-Oct-12 21:46:20

She wants to knock the neighbours' houses down now grin grin

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Oct-12 21:46:50

I'm far too young. grin

OlaRapaceFru Wed 10-Oct-12 21:47:34

Yup - I'm old enough to know who Vince Hill is blush

MousyMouse Wed 10-Oct-12 21:50:26

I wouldn't want to get the shopping in from the car on a rainy day...

OlaRapaceFru Wed 10-Oct-12 21:51:17

Or get the shopping in from the boat - hahaha!

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Oct-12 21:51:43

He reminds me of Rod Liddle.

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:51:57

I used to think he was gorgeous so I was shocked to see how old he looked (he'd probably say the same about me!).

I really don't like this couple and I think the house is dreadful.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 10-Oct-12 21:53:08

Agree, house is awful. Only redeeming feature is the river view.

OlaRapaceFru Wed 10-Oct-12 21:53:28


Mollydoggerson Wed 10-Oct-12 21:53:34

All of these houses look good, but there are never really any possessions in them.

I'ld love to see what they look like when lived in.

MousyMouse Wed 10-Oct-12 21:54:12

I sort of like the house apart from the bathrub in the bedroom

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:54:20

It's a German bunker in the middle of leafy England.

MousyMouse Wed 10-Oct-12 21:55:04

because they overspent by so much that they don't have money left?

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:55:12

Is she Anne Diamond's sister?

She reminds me of Debbie Mgee

Willabywallaby Wed 10-Oct-12 21:56:02

Awful house, looks like some of the monstrosities we have built round here.

Mollydoggerson Wed 10-Oct-12 21:56:03

I've put my finger on it, it looks like a very blingy mobile home.

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:56:11

I always want to know how these people afford these builds.

OlaRapaceFru Wed 10-Oct-12 21:56:23

Kevin's twitching now!

megcleary Wed 10-Oct-12 21:58:12

DH has called it a pile of mobile homes on top of each other.

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:58:17

She is just so arrogant. The design is really ugly. There are loads of new buildings around Henley that are attractive and architecturally interesting. The two don't have to be mutually exclusive.

NorbertDentressangle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:58:27

She reminds me of Le Brick!

Mollydoggerson Wed 10-Oct-12 21:59:11

Lucky, priviledged and proud hahahahahaaaa

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 21:59:38

Mobile home is spot on. They should have built it in Swiss Farm and it would have fitted in perfectly!

I loved that house. Really nice details, loved the tiles and the curves inside and the views outside. Would be horrible to live somewhere where people hope you flood though.

MaryZed Wed 10-Oct-12 22:04:55

Oh, I missed it tonight.

Marking thread, to follow while watching it tomorrow.

Winterwardrobetime Wed 10-Oct-12 22:11:33

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

themottledlizard Wed 10-Oct-12 22:23:30

Is she that actress called Lysette Anthony?? She was fairly famous in the 70s, can't remember what in, and yes, I recognised poor old Vince Hill too smile

we watched without sound so i missed the smugNess. What was the weird disco boat room that only had a telly and no furniture for? Why were there so many plug sockets? I liked the wooden floor and the tiles but it was a poky little plot really.

No, Lysette aged much better. She does have air of Le Brick, I agree.
Maybe that's why the neighbours hate her? She is too beautiful?

Yama Wed 10-Oct-12 22:30:26

Boat room was her study.

For a pokey wee caravan-esque house it cost:

£1.15million in building costs
££££ in whatever the original house cost.
£££ for knocking down original house.


ArtfulAardvark Wed 10-Oct-12 23:18:16

We had to watch this week - H knows someone who knows Vince Hill and apparently the neighbourhood have been fighting this build for ages.

Sometimes afterwards you go "ah actually I GET it now" when something beautiful is created at the end but this time I thought they obviously had too much money, no taste and were actually not particularly likeable people.

Quite amazed they were allowed to build RIGHT up to the boundry - we live in the same area and were made to change our plans as the rule is AT LEAST half a metre from the boundry....just goes to show money talks doesnt it!

difficultpickle Wed 10-Oct-12 23:24:19

We live in RBWM and had could only build up to a metre from the boundary. Didn't Vince Hill move?

ArtfulAardvark Wed 10-Oct-12 23:36:41

Sounds like your planning is the same bisjo at the time it seemed nit picking to me as we werent going RIGHT to the boundry but the Grand Designs build was so close it was intrusive

Henley is SODC (i think)

iklboo Wed 10-Oct-12 23:42:51

The bloke had Paul McCartney hair! Astro turf on the roof?

HazeltheMcWitch Thu 11-Oct-12 00:49:35

She was odious, wasn't she?
Odd then that she claims to treat self-confidence issues, anxiety etc as a cognitive hypnotherapist

I think if I were in the market for that, I'd rather have someone... nice.

I loved the comment about the astroturf 'not ageing, like us'.

NorbertDentressangle Thu 11-Oct-12 08:27:41

and Kevin's subtle little pause after that comment was great!

Good work hazel, very interesting.

OlaRapaceFru Wed 17-Oct-12 20:40:21

Are we all ready for this week's episode? grin

Lexilicious Wed 17-Oct-12 20:42:21

ohhh yes, bring it on!! the 100th episode, according to my tv guide.

OlaRapaceFru Wed 17-Oct-12 20:46:01

It looks as though it will be interesting this week.
I hope this week's people are more appealing than those from last week though!

Lexilicious Wed 17-Oct-12 21:06:37

I like them already.

Jellykat Wed 17-Oct-12 21:06:44

Wow, am watching..anyone else?

Now that is one helluva building!! shock

OlaRapaceFru Wed 17-Oct-12 21:11:48

They're great - so positive and enthusiastic.

Wow - what a building!

Lexilicious Wed 17-Oct-12 21:16:33

oh I want it to work, I really do...!

Ouchdownthere Wed 17-Oct-12 21:18:55

He used to be my landlord. Does that mean I have helped fund it and therefore I can claim it as a bit mine?

Jellykat Wed 17-Oct-12 21:20:56

Oo wow! Ouch.. was he as nice as he comes across here?

nilbyname Wed 17-Oct-12 21:21:05

anyone watching tonight??

megcleary Wed 17-Oct-12 21:21:34

Hope it gets finished

MousyMouse Wed 17-Oct-12 21:23:20

it's a <whispers> watertower!

Ouchdownthere Wed 17-Oct-12 21:23:37

He was I am pleased to say. He was also very kind and allowed me to live in a gorgeous flat for half rent when my flat mate moved out and he put the place on the market at the same time.

Hope this works.

MousyMouse Wed 17-Oct-12 21:24:48

I'm seeing it all a bit fuzzy, have developed a spot where my glasses shold sit...

TheAngelshavetheOod Wed 17-Oct-12 21:25:38

We recently had scaffolding and I keep looking at theirs and thinking how much it must cost as ours was ridiculous for 4 floors worth!

MousyMouse Wed 17-Oct-12 21:26:31

they gave a figure of 35ooo for the scaffold alone.

MousyMouse Wed 17-Oct-12 21:27:59

I'm getting dizzy just looking at the guys high up on the unfinished floors...

Jellykat Wed 17-Oct-12 21:28:37

That's nice to hear Ouch..
Knowing that, i doubly hope he gets it done in time - before the lending of the surrounding access runs out.

MousyMouse Wed 17-Oct-12 21:30:38

35000 PER WEEK for the scaffold <faints>

Lexilicious Wed 17-Oct-12 21:30:43

ooh, I know what happens next. The dry spring ends and then comes the rain...

Jellykat Wed 17-Oct-12 21:31:19

I know the walls are 6 ft wide in some places, but i'm sure i'd feel a bit vulnerable sleeping on the top floor, its a tower after all..
What floors' the loo on? confused

nilbyname Wed 17-Oct-12 21:32:07

I wish I could build and spend like that and be like "yes money is worrying"....well not that much if you are spunking £35k on bloody scaffolding and if a "mate" is fronting you £500,000!!

How the other half live!

OlaRapaceFru Wed 17-Oct-12 21:34:06

No, I don't think he said £35K per week for the scaffold.
I think he said £35K per week for all the works that were being done by everyone.

Nevertheless, scary sums of money - especially if he thinks he's going to run out soon.

RedBlanket Wed 17-Oct-12 21:34:24

Wtf, it's a water tower!

Where do you find mates who can lend you half a million?

LittleBairn Wed 17-Oct-12 21:36:45

Lol red I was thinking the same where do they find those sorts of friends and how ons earth do you ask someone to borrow half a mil...I'd be embarresed to borrow a fiver!

I really hope they pull it off, that it doesn't make them crumble.

nilbyname Wed 17-Oct-12 21:36:51

red I have no idea, but do let me know when you find one and make the introductions!

sailorsgal Wed 17-Oct-12 21:37:45

It will cost a fortune to get the window cleaner in! grin

OlaRapaceFru Wed 17-Oct-12 21:38:03

Each floor is going to have an en-suite bathroom/loo. The top floor isn't going to be a bedroom but a sort-of-viewing-sitting-room Jelly!

Lexilicious Wed 17-Oct-12 21:38:18

argh! streaming tv has kicked me off!!

LittleBairn Wed 17-Oct-12 21:38:30

Jelly cat the loos are going to be on each floor of an adjoining tower they are building, along with a lift shaft.

Jellykat Wed 17-Oct-12 21:42:23

Oh phew! Thanks ladies, i missed that bit...

nilbyname Wed 17-Oct-12 21:42:44

I like it. There. I have said it.

OlaRapaceFru Wed 17-Oct-12 21:45:17

He's got a great sense of humour and seems relatively calm, despite everything.

Jellykat Wed 17-Oct-12 21:47:58

Are they a couple?

LittleBairn Wed 17-Oct-12 21:48:13

I like it too if it all comes together it will look amazing. That said they must be nuts to take it on, I like that in a person. grin

Lexilicious Wed 17-Oct-12 21:48:56

I'm back on. Phew.

I don't begrudge him a penny. Look how many people he has employed, and the quality. I think he's rather fabulous.

nilbyname Wed 17-Oct-12 21:50:46


RedBlanket Wed 17-Oct-12 21:52:52

Yes they are a couple. Are they just living in the cubey bit?

Not for me, it's too officey. I knew kev would love it, he lives the modern stuff.

LittleBairn Wed 17-Oct-12 21:56:14

OMG what a room!

nilbyname Wed 17-Oct-12 21:57:49

It doesn't feel like a home, too disjointed....but it is awesome!

difficultpickle Wed 17-Oct-12 21:58:28

Love this week's. Such a relief to actually like the couple this week, after last week's horror. Wonderful building.

LittleBairn Wed 17-Oct-12 21:58:37

I'm even more amazed it only took 9 months. They did it well IMO.

Jellykat Wed 17-Oct-12 21:58:56

Blimey. It's all a bit huge!

I think i like it.. but always get perturbed when theres no curtains, and not very cosy grin

thenightsky Wed 17-Oct-12 22:00:04

Oh I so love it. You'd be fit as a fiddle running up and down all them stairs though.

difficultpickle Wed 17-Oct-12 22:00:06

Why couldn't the lift go all the way to the top?

drjohnsonscat Wed 17-Oct-12 22:00:12

Amazing. I couldn't live there but hats off to them. It's incredible.

LittleBairn Wed 17-Oct-12 22:01:10

bisjo probably to do with planning and how tall they would be allowed to go.

VivaLeBeaver Wed 17-Oct-12 22:01:18

Bloody hell, I didn't buy a three story house as I thought my knees would be knackered after a while.

Lexilicious Wed 17-Oct-12 22:02:06

I love them. Even the slightly grumpy one. I love that Leigh was looking so excited to show Kevin everything.

And George Clarke's back next week too! life is complete again...

OlaRapaceFru Wed 17-Oct-12 22:02:27

How absolutely, utterly stunning.

Just, wow, WOW, WOW

sailorsgal Wed 17-Oct-12 22:03:32

Was the kitchen so much lower than that room at the top? The view was amazing but I'm not good with heights so couldn't imagine living in it.

Willabywallaby Wed 17-Oct-12 22:04:38

What I found strange was when you opened the window in the kitchen it also opened in the living room above, a bit annoying if you only want it open in one of them.

Amazing building.

OlaRapaceFru Wed 17-Oct-12 22:06:08

There was another sitting room just above the kitchen.

The top room was for ... well ... looking out over the views.

<still utterly gobsmacked and jealous envy grin>

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 17-Oct-12 22:38:56

(late to the party as ever)

I LOVED IT too! Thought the couple were really nice, so it's good to see that we have corroboration on Lee being kind. I really liked that 1/2 of couple was the showy, extrovert, and the other 1/2 was a quieter, thinker type. They just seemed to fit nicely.

The building was amazing, and a real achievement to get it finished so quickly. However, it does piss me off on these shows that they go so far over budget with no compunction. I just think it sends out a really bad message in these days of squeezed credit/high personal debt.

anyway, yep, loved the building, but think it's totally unliveable, alas. I know I am a piglet, but there is no way that people will really live that far away from the kitchen, so I predict that the top room will go largely unused, that they'll 'live' in the cube and just shuffle into the tower to sleep. Also, the thinker chap was what - 50? There's no way his knees will be up to all that walking up and down for long. Suspect it'll be rented out or on market soon sad .

RedBlanket Wed 17-Oct-12 22:56:13

I must getting old because I also said, 'my knees couldn't cope with all those stairs'

I suspect the idea of having a bathroom and bedroom On every floor is with future renting in mind.

Anyone with knowledge of the London property market like to guess how much it could worth?

I've got £50 in my purse, Dp has £40 on him and we really like the place. Do you think they'll take that? grin

MousyMouse Thu 18-Oct-12 09:10:23

London - 3 bed victorian terraces in zone 2 go for anything from 500k to a million...

MaryZed Thu 18-Oct-12 09:19:53

I don't know how they could sell it though - they would need to get 3 million for it, and a family couldn't live there. No garden, too many stairs, it wouldn't be feasible. And the lift was just pathetic - it wouldn't fit a double buggy. Or a motability scooter.

It's hardly student accommodation grin

I suppose some corporate deal could be made where visiting executives could use it - each getting a bedroom/bathroom, with some poor servant living in the very oddly placed fourth bedroom just under the viewing room.

I suspect (but don't know) that the "loan" of 500,000 came from the quiet partner, and the building was bought only by the more active one (sorry, can't remember their names), as he seemed to be the one who "owned" it.

I was also irritated by the angst about money while spending millions hmm. It was a bit unrealistic, though I suppose if you have that sort of money there are much worse things to do with it.

noddyholder Thu 18-Oct-12 09:21:37

The 360 degree view would sell it to a rich foreign buyer I am sure.

LittleBairn Thu 18-Oct-12 09:23:22

I can see them getting well over 3 million for it. It's got at least 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, large bespoke kitchen multipile choices for reception rooms. But that view alone will command a very high price tag.

Dotty342kids Thu 18-Oct-12 09:57:03

I thought they were lovely people, so passionate about the building and getting it right.
But can you imagine slobbing around that kitchen in your pjs with everyone in a 100metre radius being able to look right in and see you! Why does no-one ever ask these people in glass boxes about privacy?!
Also, who's going to sleep / stay in all those immaculate bedrooms and bathrooms?!
And god help the cleaner (cos they didn't look the type to clean it themselves!) who has to lug a hoover around the place!
All in all I loved it but couldn't imagine actually living in it.

OlaRapaceFru Thu 18-Oct-12 10:51:38

I wonder if they'll have a small hoover on every floor, neatly tucked away in one of those concealed cupboards similar to the ones in their dressing room?

I thought they were really lovely guys too. Both very passionate about the building - but in completely different ways. Lee all bubbly and eager to show it off and Graham charmingly quiet about it, but you could see he was equally proud of it.

Cahoots Thu 18-Oct-12 11:18:43

Open Letter

Dear Lee and Graham,

Please may I come and visit you and your wonderful water tower house. I can bring macaroons if you would like.

Kind Regards,

Cahoots (No 1 Fan)

<<fingers crossed>> grin

OlaRapaceFru Thu 18-Oct-12 11:21:23

Dear Lee and Graham

May I come and visit you too - please?

Ola (No 1-&-a-bit fan, after Cahoots)

sleepdodger Thu 18-Oct-12 20:29:06

What were their jobs??

Dotty342kids Fri 19-Oct-12 12:30:05

The chap with grey hair (not Lee who was in charge of most of it it seemed) was CEO of a conservation charity I think. I'm not sure if Lee was a property developer as his full time job or did it as well as something else.

I thought it was stunning, but impractical. If you wanted to take a cup of coffee up to the viewing room, it would be pretty much cold by the time you got it there. And I was a bit hmm about the big sliding glass doors on the 'cube' that went the height of two rooms, so you could open the doors at the living level, and the rain could be blowing in at the bedroom level, and you wouldn't know. Plus, you wouldn't be able to have the bedroom window open at night, because someone could put a ladder up and push open the window at the lower level, and break in.

I was very cross with the attitude of the previous week's couple - they seemed utterly self-obsessed and couldn't care less about their neighbours - and I am very surprised indeed that they were allowed to build so close to their boundary. But in the end, I didn't think the house was as much of an eyesore as I thought it was going to be. [damningwithfaintpraise]

catsmother Fri 19-Oct-12 14:06:31

Wow - stunning build, amazing views.

But ......

..... everything everyone has said about it being impractical (though I wouldn't say no if someone offered it to me). Though it would keep you fit if you stayed away from the lift.

Agree nice couple ... but how on earth are the pair of them ever going to utilise so much space ? At any one time a huge percent will just be sat there empty with no-one it it I would happily volunteer to help them out with that and think we could probably avoid each other quite easily

Songbird Fri 19-Oct-12 14:40:27

Can anyone remember what the final project cost was? I know he was very cagey with old Kev, but what was the ballpark? £2.6M is in my mind for some reason.

I liked it and loved them, but what a bizarre living space!

MaryZed Fri 19-Oct-12 15:43:51

I had a feeling he paid 350k for it, and the build cost was over 2 million.

But did that build cost include the ground works? And rent of the site. And scaffolding?

He was very cagey - the cost of the fixtures and fitting in the seven bathrooms along with the kitchen must have been way above the cos of an average house, I would have thought.

RedBlanket Fri 19-Oct-12 16:00:25

He was a bit vague but Kev pushed him to the £2m mark. So probably more than that.

He could probably rent the top bit out for photography/film shoots. The views were stunning.

bruffin Fri 19-Oct-12 16:18:58

about the big sliding glass doors on the 'cube' that went the height of two rooms, so you could open the doors at the living level, and the rain could be blowing in at the bedroom level, and you wouldn't know.

I didnt think there was a bedroom level on the cube, there was a kitchen downstairs and a living room upstairs

Jellykat Fri 19-Oct-12 16:31:32

Those sliding glass doors are still perturbing me, i can imagine the pigeons that originally lived in the tower flying right in when they're open, and shitting everywhere..
..Plus, how often is it warm enough in this country, to remove one of the walls in your house? I didn't even manage to take my cardi off this year!

You're right Bruffin - but the point about the doors opening on both levels meaning that the rain or wind could be wreaking havoc in the other room, and you wouldn't know, stays the same.

Bit late I know, but I didn't see the point of the cube at all. Surely they had room for all the rooms they wanted in the tower? The tower itself was gorgeous though.

I suspect it was because they knew that the living accomodation in the tower would be very inconvenient to use, so they wanted the 'day' accomodation together and easily usable. But that could just be me being very cynical.

MousyMouse Sat 20-Oct-12 13:46:58

...or if they decide to rent out rooms or run a b&b they would need space for breakfast...

EdgarAllanPond Sat 20-Oct-12 17:31:38

i thought it was the best grand designs ever.

pacy build, lots going wrong, magic transformation of massive, beautifully made building.

nice owners whose ethos i could relate to (even though budget was very seat-of-pants and at the same time beyond dreams of avarice!)

i loved the way they just carries on 'squatting' on the yard around to get the build finished!

it would make a fabulous boutique hotel, though i doubt it would be disability legislation compliant (they looked embarrassingly close in that lift, didn't they?). Though if they did have a child, wouldn't you live in the cube bit mostly?

GD-fans, you have GOT to go and have a squizz at 'Grand Designs Australia' on 4od!!! different presenter but you can still play Kevin bingo. We've just watched N episode with an artist/sculptor and web designer in Yellingbo. Slightly disconcerted that he looks like a love child product of Ken Barlow and Brian Sewell but they are a nice couple and the build is special. Should be getting my stuff ready for tmrw but were just startingo another episode...

MousyMouse Tue 23-Oct-12 21:52:05

yes lexi have watched it yesterday.
that white floor! beautiful.

Jellykat Wed 24-Oct-12 20:59:11

Anyone watching tonight?

OlaRapaceFru Wed 24-Oct-12 21:01:02

Are we ready for this evening's episode?!
I'm going to watch it in bed (feeling a bit under the weather) and I can't MN from the bedroom. So I'll catch up in the morning! grin

MousyMouse Wed 24-Oct-12 21:01:14

yep, sitting tight. the description sounds bonkers promising.

Jellykat Wed 24-Oct-12 21:03:42

Oo enjoy Ola, hope you feel better tomorrow.

MousyMouse Wed 24-Oct-12 21:07:45

she seems nice

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:07:51

Oooh here you are smile

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:09:47

Missed first 5 mins. What was building before what going to be after pkease?

Green with envy

MousyMouse Wed 24-Oct-12 21:12:31

no building. just a studio flat + basement of a georgian? artists mansion. in holland park/london.
last week's build was cheap in comparison (I suspect).

MousyMouse Wed 24-Oct-12 21:13:20

in all about 4000 square feet

TheAngelsHaveTheOod Wed 24-Oct-12 21:13:50

This looks interesting but I can't work it out confused

Jellykat Wed 24-Oct-12 21:14:18

Ha ha Sole, hiya smile

Building was originally Artists studios.. shes developing the underground bit.. think its gonna be a tough one

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:14:25

Thank you mouse smile

Several million to spe.d. Omg looks absolutely perfect doesn't it?

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:15:09

Hi Jellykat smile

MousyMouse Wed 24-Oct-12 21:16:47

have to leave you now. dh needs wants the internet and the computer is broken...

Jellykat Wed 24-Oct-12 21:17:07

I will probably end up eating my words, but the underground element would make me feel buried i'm sure..

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 24-Oct-12 21:18:07

Did anyone see the George Clarke thing, with that converted underground public loo? Amazing!

swooosh Wed 24-Oct-12 21:19:06

hate it when they don't disclose prices

Jellykat Wed 24-Oct-12 21:20:24

Oh thats a bugger Mousy!.. <waves goodbye for now>

No, haven't seen that Hazel..

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:21:12

Did any of you watch the small spaces programme last night? The Lady whom converted the underground ladies n gents toilets? Was amazing and had the transparent almost walkway thing in her ceiling?

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:21:50

Nn mouse smile

Craftyone Wed 24-Oct-12 21:24:58

Really wanted to see the loo conversion and I am so jealous of this pair!

Jellykat Wed 24-Oct-12 21:25:55

Are you and Hazel talking about the same thing Sole? Sounds interesting!

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 24-Oct-12 21:27:29

YES, Sole / Jellykat, we are! It was fab, wasn't it? Her decor was just perfect, to lighten and brighten.
I now find myself needing an old bus to convert, however.

It was George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, it's here on 4od, and will be repeated on 4seven at 7pm Thurs/Sat/Mon.

Craftyone Wed 24-Oct-12 21:28:51

Can tell those builders are itching to tell Audrey to 'Go an put the kettle on love, 2 sugars, and leave this to us'

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:29:19

Ahhh yes! Well spotted jellykay. Oh it was fab. Think you might like to watch it on catch up tv/online jelly smile

She had fab taste and the bus!

Choc ice time smile

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:30:08

Hehehe crafty yes! Do one love

difficultpickle Wed 24-Oct-12 21:31:13

Crafty it will be on Channel 4OD.

Jellykat Wed 24-Oct-12 21:31:41

Oo will definitely watch that later..

ooh hello! Watching here too, but also trying to order new doors for our upstairs and can't find one that can be cut short enough for our bathroom.

So anyway, yes tonight is promising. She is bonkerybonkbonkadoodledoers

Missed George Clarke!!! well I will just have to watch it in bed alone in a special way on 4od grin

Ads nearly over. Coffee in hand. ahhhhh

Jellykat Wed 24-Oct-12 21:33:36

Now Audrey - she must've spent a fortune already and not much to show for it

Craftyone Wed 24-Oct-12 21:34:07

Thanks, I always forget about that! Will definitely watch it.

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:35:52

Cinema room looks fab. Wo.der if she has children. Going to be a private home?

CotedePablo Wed 24-Oct-12 21:36:00

I can't see this ever working. Couldn't stand to live in a place with no proper windows.

Craftyone Wed 24-Oct-12 21:36:59

Knew Audrey would get rid of that other builder. She gave him 'that' look.

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:39:45

Ooh company gone bust!

difficultpickle Wed 24-Oct-12 21:39:53

Audrey would get on very well with river woman from the other week.

CotedePablo Wed 24-Oct-12 21:40:22

There's always one Sole!

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:41:07

30 grand on glass. Worth it as it is fab.

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:42:35

Yes pablo sad

I am a deeper shade of green every second! envy

difficultpickle Wed 24-Oct-12 21:43:43

You'd have to walk up and down those stairs in bare feet or shoes. Marble is really slippery [states obvious].

Jellykat Wed 24-Oct-12 21:43:59

Blimey o reilly, amazing tricks with that glass.. hope its shatterproof, or all it'll take is some bugger lobbing a bottle over the wall onto it.

SwedishEdith Wed 24-Oct-12 21:44:16

it looks a bit like a prison with roof light and no windows in walls

smugmumofboys Wed 24-Oct-12 21:44:36

Missed the beginning. Can someone tell me what's happening in the rest of the building. Are they going to live in the basement only?

I think she comes across as utterly shallow, vacuous and unpleasant.

CotedePablo Wed 24-Oct-12 21:45:04

Ooh Blinginess!

CotedePablo Wed 24-Oct-12 21:46:51

smugmum they're living in a small apartment above the basement at the moment.

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:46:58

That is what I thought Jelly! Like the captain of the Titanic if there is heavy rain fall smile

Jellykat Wed 24-Oct-12 21:47:24

I agree hobnob, there's something a bit snidey there.

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:48:10

Wonder how she made her millions.

CotedePablo Wed 24-Oct-12 21:48:55

He's some big shot in the city, I should think he's providing the readies.

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:50:03

Ooooh ooooh orgasm

smugmumofboys Wed 24-Oct-12 21:51:19

Thanks for that. Is the rest of the building occupied? Why did it have such monumental cellar?

A quick google reveals that he is an investment banker thingy and there's an Audrey Lovelock Design website.

CotedePablo Wed 24-Oct-12 21:51:21

Yes jelly, it's a bit ..we have so much we don't talk about money.

Kevin's given a hint or two anyway.

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:51:43

Oh my gosh its better than sex

Eek at the chromed what's it's face!

She was uber rude and patronising about the builders. Snooty cow.

difficultpickle Wed 24-Oct-12 21:53:14

Furniture really doesn't go with the design of the building.

SwedishEdith Wed 24-Oct-12 21:53:32

She comes across as someone who was very bored and husband just throws money at her

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:54:02

But..........i would need windows

Vanity project bankrolled by wanker banker husband.

X posts with swedish

smugmumofboys Wed 24-Oct-12 21:55:21

Don't like it.

CotedePablo Wed 24-Oct-12 21:55:34

Yes, windows very very important.

difficultpickle Wed 24-Oct-12 21:55:36

They have no possessions. There is nothing personal in any of the rooms.

Craftyone Wed 24-Oct-12 21:56:06

Where did Audrey find Jeff? I want one!

difficultpickle Wed 24-Oct-12 21:56:56

Don't like it at all. It would probably do well as a film location place but hard to imagine it being a comfortable place to live.

CotedePablo Wed 24-Oct-12 21:57:11

I just want his money!

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:57:17

The big skylight would need cleaning.

Couldn't live like a troglodyte I'm afraid.

difficultpickle Wed 24-Oct-12 21:57:26

I'd want a torch left in every room in case of a power cut.

MarshaBrady Wed 24-Oct-12 21:57:43

blimey. I'd still prefer windows and light.

flibbertigibbert Wed 24-Oct-12 21:57:46

Where's all their stuff? Lovely to look at but it seems a bit corporate/hotel-ish.

difficultpickle Wed 24-Oct-12 21:57:56

Sole you can get self cleaning glass these days.

difficultpickle Wed 24-Oct-12 21:58:29

That dining table and chairs is really horrible and doesn't go with anything in the house.

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 21:58:34

She is snooty

CotedePablo Wed 24-Oct-12 21:58:46

Wish she's do something with her hair.

difficultpickle Wed 24-Oct-12 21:59:07

Crafty, me too grin

Jellykat Wed 24-Oct-12 21:59:27

Nah, still not liking the underground feel..and it all looks cold and clumsy.

Shes gonna be very lonely i bet, down there rattling about..

Craftyone Wed 24-Oct-12 21:59:49

Feels empty. Are they going to fill it with tat once the cameras go? Don't really like her style. Looks cold.

difficultpickle Wed 24-Oct-12 22:00:00

Did they have any outside space?

SoleSource Wed 24-Oct-12 22:00:00

Just goes to show if you have tbe £ you can do almost anything.

difficultpickle Wed 24-Oct-12 22:00:30

Next week's looks interesting.

DontmindifIdo Wed 24-Oct-12 22:01:07

flibbertigibbert - they lived in a studio flat for 2 years before, i guess they got used to not have much stuff, give it 12 months...

Imagine having to change all those hidden bulbs! Agree, Audrey didn't seem nice.

Aboutlastnight Wed 24-Oct-12 22:02:48

Another soulless white box. With some sort of brothel-like underground nightmare.

You would lose people in there all the time. What are all the rooms for?

Where is all their stuff?

yep, another one that I'm wishing babies on! <cackle>

For if the leccy goes off, or just for going to the loo in the night, we have battery powered, motion activated white LED nightlights in all our halls. quite bright.

next week's looks good, yes.

MousyMouse Wed 24-Oct-12 22:03:59

I think they have one child? think kevin mentioned the neighbours getting an eyefull when he is spending the night under the roof lantern.

MousyMouse Wed 24-Oct-12 22:07:34

I liked that this time the white box at least doesn't sound like shouting into a loo bowl echoey

Aboutlastnight Wed 24-Oct-12 22:11:34

I was wondering what would happen if you lost the feckin remote for the opaque glass monstrosity...

I hope they have a back up generator for the pump.

noddyholder Wed 24-Oct-12 22:45:01

Interesting but horrible finished product Just too claustrophobic. Thoroughly annoying woman too. Agree the glass roof would be a nightmare

flibbertigibbert Wed 24-Oct-12 22:58:14

Also just thought - surely it would be incredibly stuffy with the lack of windows. And what if you passed wind? It would just linger. Sorry to lower the tone, but I just can't get my head round it

Lexi - do you have a link for those lights?

I'll ask DH. Think he got them off an amazon seller.
oh hang on. here they are

upinthehills Wed 24-Oct-12 23:16:54

The pump would freak me out. Surely it will fail at some point and the place will flood.

Those lights are a brilliant idea (scuse the pun)

30ish Thu 25-Oct-12 07:48:29

Awful - that house is a health and safety nightmare! What if there was a fire or a power cut? Also, a house with no fresh air would surely stink and have condensation issues? It really freaked me out watching it and I have no idea why!

OlaRapaceFru Thu 25-Oct-12 08:43:27

I was just about to fall asleep when Kevin went to look at the finished ... erm ... space. Am I right in remembering that it was absolutely cavernous (the GD 4OD page isn't working at the moment)? I don't think I liked it at all, there's no way you'd get me to live underground with no windows apart from that rooflight.

She was utterly bonkers not to use an architect from the start, no wonder the first lot of builders walked off site.

TheAngelsHaveTheOod Thu 25-Oct-12 08:48:47

I wondered about the other residents of the building putting up with the work for a year.

OlaRapaceFru Thu 25-Oct-12 09:05:50

Yes, it must've been pretty irritating for them. Funny that Kevin didn't interview any of them, given that he often interviews the neighbours!! The other thing that I was wondering was because of the cavernous size of that main room, where were the RSJs and pillars/piers which would hold the building up? They must have had them, but I just had visions of the entire block collapsing into their basement shock.

Actually, Angels, you've just reminded me of a GD from years ago now. The couple were adding a penthouse apartment on to the top of an existing block of flats - I think it was somewhere in a seaside location - and the other residents were spitting tacks grin

TheAngelsHaveTheOod Thu 25-Oct-12 09:09:47

Oh I remember that. Another well over budget/timescales etc.

Craftyone Thu 25-Oct-12 10:27:10

Hands up if you would love to do a Grand Design, log on MN and tell everyone to f**koff, I’m riiiiich ! grin

I’m still plotting on how to find me a Jeff mmm…….He’d have to work abroad though and stay out of my way ;)

5Foot5 Thu 25-Oct-12 13:30:58

I shudder at those marble stairs. I fell down our (perfectly notmal carpetted) stairs at the weekend and am still suffering as a result. The marble ones are definitely a health hazard

I was trying to imagine having small children in that house - the slippery floors, all those glass balustrades (snot and smear magnets), and all that white paint!

MousyMouse Thu 25-Oct-12 16:21:52

crafty I would love to grin

already married and dh would not like it if I found myself a jeff (just for the money of course)

OlaRapaceFru Wed 31-Oct-12 16:42:02

Blimey, Wednesday has come round again - and so quickly! I'll be ready and waiting at 9pm grin

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 16:47:45

Yippee, all my kids are out tonight.

Now, can i just get rid of dh [ponders]

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 16:48:46

Last week's was barmy, btw.

I watched it the whole way through thinking "what would they do in a fire?" With that big kitchen downstairs, and no way out for smoke or people [shudder]

CotedePablo Wed 31-Oct-12 17:44:24

Oh excellent! I shall be along later - if my hubbie lets me watch it.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 19:44:20

As if in direct contrast to all the recent swank-pads, this week's GD has a budget of £150k, and is on Skye. Oddly cannot wait.

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 19:47:52

Aha, a budget of £150K.

What is the final budget? And the site cost? And the contingency?

I hope it is actually £150K. I love the ones where the owners are the builders and do it for the love of the building, not just to be seen to flash money around.

The cellar and the Henley house have both been revolting examples of the latter.

The water tower was a nice end result, but far beyond most people's wildest dreams.

I've been watching a few Australian Grand Designs, too, and they are waaaaaaaaay out of anyone's price range. All of them, as far as I can see.

CotedePablo Wed 31-Oct-12 19:51:59

Ooh, that sounds nice. Looking forward to this one.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 20:54:56

The budget thing really pisses me off! If you go so far over your budget, you're crap at budgeting, aren't you? No mention of that, is there? And they (they = ALL property shows) seem to treat a budget as being of utterly no consequence whatsoever, as if everyone can just increase their budget willy-nilly.*

Grr, it's this attitude which has made the credit crunch, IMHO.

*Have never actually 'said' willy-nilly before. Am turning into my granny.

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 20:58:53

Yes I agree Hazel.

It isn't a budget if you can borrow a "few hundred thousand more".

It is a budget if you can sell your bike to upgrade the boiler.

Grand designs seems to have forgotten where it started - people building their own homes, themselves.

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:00:44

And here we go smile

Jellykat Wed 31-Oct-12 21:01:34

Evening all smile

Jellykat Wed 31-Oct-12 21:03:59


MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:05:01

Feck. Missed it. Couple or sisters?

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:06:34

I think I might like this.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 21:06:55

Do you know what's nice that I've just noticed? In the write up for GD, it's jsut a couple. Just Indi and Rebecca. It's of no consequence whether said couple is 2x chaps, 2 x women, one of each, etc etc. Feels like progress.


Jellykat Wed 31-Oct-12 21:07:15

Same surname but not sure MaryZ

MousyMouse Wed 31-Oct-12 21:07:24

lovely design, like it already.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 21:07:55

Not sisters surely? Their accents are not from same place.

Oops - couple, I think

MousyMouse Wed 31-Oct-12 21:09:24

the gd website says 'partners'

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 21:10:21

what were their occupations, did they say?

I've been watching the Australian Grand Designs, not the same without Kevin sad some of them are huge. I like that this week they are going for less is more, why have space if you don't need or want it?

sailorsgal Wed 31-Oct-12 21:14:39

I haven't been to Skye but it looks amazing. On my list of places to go. grin

CotedePablo Wed 31-Oct-12 21:14:54

Missed the first ten minutes, so will have to watch it at the end. Not too take with that wooden box house.

noddyholder Wed 31-Oct-12 21:16:10

Like these 2.Not OTT or ridiculous just want what they need smile

Jellykat Wed 31-Oct-12 21:16:20

Hazel bus driver and (art?) teacher..

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:16:27

They do seem nice. And undemanding - they want a small house, for two people. Not a mansion to show off to friends hmm. Good for them.

I hope it gets built ok.

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:17:03

Oh, x-posted with everyone smile

We are all pretty much positive so far.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 21:19:40

(thanks Jellykat ) I could have guessed teacher/artisticy type, but would never have guessed bus driver in a million years!

MousyMouse Wed 31-Oct-12 21:20:46

the foundation looks tiny.

DontmindifIdo Wed 31-Oct-12 21:20:58

It looks nice but, am I right in thinking their bedroom is open off the living room/kitchen? So any strong cooking smells would be in your bedroom. I never understand why so many people who build their own house don't think about cooking smells going throughout their house...

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 21:21:09

I like EVERYONE in this ep, no one's showy, all are quite modest and humble.
shows own morals defined by Northern scottish upbringing

Dotty342kids Wed 31-Oct-12 21:21:10

I'm really liking this one so far, not because I'd want to live in a house like that myself necessarily, but because they're passionate about the place, the house and the way of life. Fab!

A bus driver like Eadie McCreedy (sp?) & an artist like Spencer.....I'm liking these two smile

Aerobreaking Wed 31-Oct-12 21:25:47

Skye looks beautiful, would love to visit. Donald seems nice as well.

Jellykat Wed 31-Oct-12 21:26:08

Does one have to 'mow' a turf roof? hmm

CotedePablo Wed 31-Oct-12 21:28:07

I should think so - it'll grow won't it?

MousyMouse Wed 31-Oct-12 21:28:07

jelly depends on which kind of plants you use.
some need more maintainance than others.

OhYouBigBadBeast Wed 31-Oct-12 21:29:54

Lovely couple.
Is the turf going to go right to the ground with the studio? Bit worried about cows deciding its a good place to walk on for a munch!

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:30:29

You could just shove a sheep up there occasionally grin

I think Kevin likes this. And I haven't thought that for a while.

I wouldn't mind the bedroom above kitchen thing - in this day and age you can get superb extractor fans so cooking smells shouldn't linger. And it will be lovely and warm, with the heat from the living area rising.

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:31:04

x-posted re cows/sheep grin

OhYouBigBadBeast Wed 31-Oct-12 21:31:45


Jellykat Wed 31-Oct-12 21:32:15


Jellykat Wed 31-Oct-12 21:33:23

Aha! the answer.. i'd love to mow my roof - satisfying i bet

Aerobreaking Wed 31-Oct-12 21:33:57

Where is this place where they are now? Looks amazing

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 21:34:57

They were at the Findhorn Foundation, nr Inverness.
I grew up near there!

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 21:35:29
Aerobreaking Wed 31-Oct-12 21:36:06

thanks Hazel

Dotty342kids Wed 31-Oct-12 21:37:10

Love the fact that so many of the locals seem supportive / interested. Unlike some of the other houses featured on Grand Designs which seem intent on annoying their neighbours!

Jellykat Wed 31-Oct-12 21:37:29

That looks great Hazel!

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 21:42:00

Anyone else want to give Donald a big hug? he looked so worried there!

oricella Wed 31-Oct-12 21:43:10

There's a big move in Scotland towards this style of building and it's fab; know of lots of places anywhere between Perth, Aberdeen and Skye lives in a larch clad shed too

OhYouBigBadBeast Wed 31-Oct-12 21:43:14

He's a lovely man!

MousyMouse Wed 31-Oct-12 21:43:57

yes, lovely builder.

OhYouBigBadBeast Wed 31-Oct-12 21:44:19

There doesn't seem to be that many trees on Skye. Dim question, but will they need to bring wood for their stove over from the mainland?

OhYouBigBadBeast Wed 31-Oct-12 21:45:13

envy oricella

MousyMouse Wed 31-Oct-12 21:45:56

oybbb peat?

MousyMouse Wed 31-Oct-12 21:46:35

at least they used peat in the bunkhouse on skye where we stayed.

ggirl Wed 31-Oct-12 21:47:27

the views and landscape looks bloody amazing!!!

Jellykat Wed 31-Oct-12 21:49:04

Lots of buildings around here (Pembrokeshire) are Larch clad too oricella. DSs dentists is for starters, it's silvered pretty quickly with the sea wind and rain.. lovely!

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:49:36

Yes, lots of turf.

Though they might have to change that - it will eventually run out.

This is lovely.

Yama Wed 31-Oct-12 21:49:54

Love that the locals are interested and can see its value.

Such nice locals.

Such a nice, intelligent couple.

Even Kevin is nicer this week.

Dotty342kids Wed 31-Oct-12 21:50:08

God, it is beautiful there! Great advert for Skye...

OhYouBigBadBeast Wed 31-Oct-12 21:50:23

Oh, peat hadn't occurred to me!

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 21:51:15

Love it!

Aerobreaking Wed 31-Oct-12 21:51:56

wasn't expecting that interior!

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:52:46

Oh, how did they get such a beautiful day to film envy

Jellykat Wed 31-Oct-12 21:52:50

Woah, i didn't think they'd go so white and stark inside.. thought it would be cosier

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 21:52:54

oh Kev, you're not as tall as you think you are...

ggirl Wed 31-Oct-12 21:53:55

not keen on the interior

too modern and stark

OhYouBigBadBeast Wed 31-Oct-12 21:54:23

Wow! (On delay now)

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:54:36

This is the most sensible conversation I have heard on GD for years.

They couldn't afford it, so they didn't do it.

Good on them.

Aboutlastnight Wed 31-Oct-12 21:54:53

Oh it's lovely.

It has some soul. And they seem lovely. I hope Skye works out for them, island life dorsn't suit everyone

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:55:32

It will be cosy when they fill it with their art and their bits. I bet it will be beautiful in a couple of years.

They are artists, they will take their time, they don't need instant gratification.

MousyMouse Wed 31-Oct-12 21:55:58

I like it! a lot!

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:56:12

And they are having a party. How lovely.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 21:56:17

Hands up who wants to move to Skye?!

oricella Wed 31-Oct-12 21:56:32

there's more forest on Skye then you'd expect OYBB - and the mainland isn't that far away... It's really lovely isn't it

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 21:56:54

Love also that long haired lady neighbour and teenage boy neighbour wore some bright blue to match the decor.

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 21:58:16

This programme has made me smile.

[happy sigh]

Aerobreaking Wed 31-Oct-12 21:58:39

Kev really likes it. Don't think he's ever thanked anyone before.

DontmindifIdo Wed 31-Oct-12 21:58:43

It's lovely. Nice little cosy house. You need cosy in a place like that.

MousyMouse Wed 31-Oct-12 21:58:50

I wouldn't. too cold. well in such a house maybe...

Jellykat Wed 31-Oct-12 22:00:29

A very sweet and warming programme that one smile

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 31-Oct-12 22:00:34

"This programme has made me smile."

Yep, me too. It, them, tis all just - lovely.

OhYouBigBadBeast Wed 31-Oct-12 22:01:10

Awwww Kevin!

OhYouBigBadBeast Wed 31-Oct-12 22:01:54

It's gorgeous oricella!

Dotty342kids Wed 31-Oct-12 22:02:28

Wow, Kevin really liked that one didn't he? Lovely to see what can be acheived with saving and dreaming. I was surprised they didn't go more modern and cosy too. With the weather there I'd be wanting warm and snuggly rather than glossy and clean lines. But it was very lovely, with all the green and blue tones linking it to the view. Clever stuff!

Dotty342kids Wed 31-Oct-12 22:03:22

Sorry, meant "more warm and cosy"

MaryZcary Wed 31-Oct-12 22:10:05

I think if he goes back in a year or so it will be full of Aran knitting, and crochet rugs, and colourful wall hangings, and really cosy.

I loved it.

I wouldn't live there though <shivers> I'd say they filmed on the only sunny day of the year.

noddyholder Wed 31-Oct-12 23:02:25

They were lovely but I hated the house when finished.Horrible cold dated interior. Lovely views though

Cahoots Wed 31-Oct-12 23:43:01

Lovely couple, lovely builder, lovely location, but i didn't like the house. I thought they were sensible to build something they could afford though. It was a drama free build. (hope Kevin wasn't too dissapointed). I really didn't like the interior and the viewless bedroom was dissapointing too.

TheDeathAndGories Wed 31-Oct-12 23:44:50

The inside will 'weather'
They're not the type to buy their interior

A few years time it will be full of bits and pieces they're found and loved and it will be homely. They've provided themselves with a canvas for now

Have you noticed how the cheapest houses seem to be the most loved, This, Ben laws etc

OlaRapaceFru Thu 01-Nov-12 06:39:21

I thought they were a lovely couple, completely realistic about building a modest sized house to suit them. I agree that the interior seems a bit stark now, but agree with PPs who said it will soon get filled up with some of their own art - but somehow I don't think that Aran knitting and crochet rugs will feature very highly, MaryZ, although I could be wrong!

One thing DP pointed out, he was impressed with the space in the bedroom, but he said "where's the dressing room, where are all their clothes?". Obviously it wasn't shown, but they must have had some space for clothes storage etc?

CotedePablo Thu 01-Nov-12 08:12:09

I must admit I'm a little disappointed. Yes, they were a lovely couple, and they kept within their budget, and I reckon they have got a well built house. However, for me, it just didn't look 'right'. Can't really put my finger on why though. I do hope this is one that Kevin goes back to in a few years and we can see, like a few posters have said, if it does cosy up over time with their finds, their art, etc.

Apart from that, yes a nice little warm glow when it finished.

catsmother Thu 01-Nov-12 17:21:04

Have just caught up on this and agree this episode had a good feeling about it. Thought it was lovely that they fulfilled a dream they'd been working towards - by saving hard (and going without by the sounds of it) - for many years, and that they built a house which was sufficient for their needs as opposed to something huge which a family of 10 would rattle about it, let alone a couple. There was no arrogance, for example, in regard to neighbours' feelings, no strops or tantrums because a builder/architect/surveyor or whoever needed to explain that something they wanted was literally impossible, no sense of entitlement and a real sense of excitement and appreciation as the build took shape - loved that the relatively "simple" achievement of a turf roof was one of their highlights.

I liked the house's style very much indeed though was a bit so-so about the interior - but hey, it's not my home. I hope they'll be very happy there and would also love to see it again after a few years .... would be interested for example to see how the surrounding land would be landscaped - or left to go back to nature. Do people garden much up there - excuse my ignorance - with the winds and ?

I wondered about the clothes too ..... maybe they were all in the 2nd bedroom, which wasn't shown.

AndIfATenTonTruck Fri 02-Nov-12 12:30:52

Just watched this last night... very nice, and wasn't Kevin sweet. Must have been all that fresh air!

I think their clothes/bedroom 'stuff' wasprobably in a walk in cupboard behind their bedhead wall. There would definitely be a void back there if not. We also wondered the purpose of the funny 'leg' at the back of the house (the studio end). Perhaps a car port, so it is protected from the weather in winter? The only other thing I thought was odd was that they deliberately didn't connect the two buildings. With Skye's weather, you're setting yourself up for a lot if jacket-on-jacket-off if yo have to run between buildings when you want a cuppa...

MousyMouse Mon 05-Nov-12 21:50:54

this week's australian is great.
a 'hobbit house' earthshelter.

This weeks will be a challenge!

MousyMouse Wed 07-Nov-12 21:09:57

just in time to see the floor plan. big-space conversions are usually not very satisfying in the end...

MousyMouse Wed 07-Nov-12 21:11:11

I hope they have good insurance!

Absolutely. What an amazing neighbours they have!

Painful to watch.

MousyMouse Wed 07-Nov-12 21:23:40

I would be a nervous wreck if they were my neighbours. imagine coming back from work to a hole in your house!

It would be horrendous! All that drilling and movement in your walls.

And the neighbour having to give over part of his little garden temporarily. They are all saints!

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 07-Nov-12 21:31:20

'when you can't grow anything anyway'
That is the point that she turned into an ungrateful mare.

Ahh, the neighbours aren't saints, they don't sound silly at all! (Where is everyone on the thread? <sniffs armpits>)

Exactly hazel, a bit of true character there!

No!!!!!!!!!! Poor lady!

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 07-Nov-12 21:36:17

Chloe = patience of a saint.
With a very lovely kitchen.

Levantine Wed 07-Nov-12 21:37:12

Oooh I thought that Hazel.

Levantine Wed 07-Nov-12 21:37:48

I love Chloe's house. She's painted the bookcases since they started work. V nice

CotedePablo Wed 07-Nov-12 21:38:02

Sorry sorry! Am here! Couldn't find the thread!

Not terribly sure about this one. He's ok, not so keen on here. And it looks like it'll be boxes stacked on top of each other for the bedrooms.

CotedePablo Wed 07-Nov-12 21:38:54

Chloe's the young girl next door? And she's pregnant now... Aww..

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 07-Nov-12 21:39:19

They were white before, weren't they?
Poor Chloe, she's had plenty of time to paint bookcases AND grow a new person, and it's still just a frame out there...

Chloe is lovely smile

I fear this episode may need to be a two parter to do justice!

Levantine Wed 07-Nov-12 21:43:07

He's a leetle bit pseuds corner isn't he. It is a grand design though, amazing

Moral of the story is don't build a wonky house!

Surely if they had a proper survey they wouldn't have half these issues ...

Ply, cement countertops, bodge jobs - at a knockdown £600k ....

CotedePablo Wed 07-Nov-12 21:47:25

Not sure about the boxy bedrooms. I'm sure they'll be fine on the inside when finished, but I don't find them very attractive on the outside.

AndIfATenTonTruck Wed 07-Nov-12 21:48:45

We think they are over complicating it somewhat. Most houses are a bit wonky. The bigger it is, the more you should be able to deal with uneven dimensions smoothly over a distance. I am short of sympathy on this one...

Maryz Wed 07-Nov-12 21:49:13

Just marking place as on catchup smile

I will be back.

CotedePablo Wed 07-Nov-12 21:50:09

Agree with you AndIf. I don't think they're handling this very well at all.

Looks like a library .... Awful

It's like living in ikea.

Levantine Wed 07-Nov-12 21:52:19

Oh no sad

I don't like it at all

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 07-Nov-12 21:52:38

It's impressive, but I don't love it.
Also think they could/should have run the project better.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 07-Nov-12 21:53:07

HATE her stupid smug face.

Would get very dusty on top of those bedrooms.

MousyMouse Wed 07-Nov-12 21:53:35

no, not like ikea. ikea is nice.

UltraBOF Wed 07-Nov-12 21:53:44

This is just horrible- like a giant cowshed confused.

Levantine Wed 07-Nov-12 21:54:13

They are irritating aren't they.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 07-Nov-12 21:54:57

I'd be scared to have red wine near that worktop.
I'd better stick with gin I think.

nametakenagain Wed 07-Nov-12 21:55:02


AndIfATenTonTruck Wed 07-Nov-12 21:55:13

ooh the dust, yes. I was wondering about cleaning that lantern window earlier. The outside can be self cleaning pilkington but the inside is going to need you going up in a cherrypicker...

It's a film set!
Can't believe you can see the loo from the dining table!

MousyMouse Wed 07-Nov-12 21:55:44

toilet behind glass shock

difficultpickle Wed 07-Nov-12 21:56:10

How warm would it be in the winter and how noisy when it rains?

difficultpickle Wed 07-Nov-12 21:56:45

It is the sort of building that only other architects could love.

There s NOTHING personal anywhere

CotedePablo Wed 07-Nov-12 21:57:22

Oh good grief! The toilet in view!

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 07-Nov-12 21:57:45

Asia (sp) may have a floor, but she is NOT allowed any toys.
She has a desk, and a bunch of flowers and she ought to count herself lucky.

difficultpickle Wed 07-Nov-12 21:59:06

She can see her mum and dad using the loo without having to go in to the bathroom grin

I would love to see the place after a few winters - and a few of the utility bills

Waste of space! Huge building hardly anywhere to live.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 07-Nov-12 22:01:32

But kitten, the boxes !!

See y'all next week for cow poo and yoghurt?

difficultpickle Wed 07-Nov-12 22:01:33

It looks like a furniture storage warehouse rather than a home.

MousyMouse Wed 07-Nov-12 22:02:07

it's just too difficult to divide large spaces without them looking like a large diy store.

AndIfATenTonTruck Wed 07-Nov-12 22:04:01

till next week, then. just off upstairs to my 'positive space'... grin

Is next weeks a revisit to a project?

OlaRapaceFru Thu 08-Nov-12 07:40:15

OMG, I can't believe I forgot it was on. I'm going to have to watch it on catch up.

Let's just hope nobody wants to stay over after a party because there will be nowhere for them to sleep! WTF is the point of building such a ginormous house and still not having a spare bedroom???

I usually hate the people in grand designs (it's part of the fun of watching) but this pair were especially smug IMO.

Itsjustafleshwound - yes - my first thought was that it looked like a public library. And I commented about how noisy it would be when it rained, bisjo - great minds!

I didn't think it looked homely at all - and did those bedroom 'boxes' have any windows? I don't think I saw any, and I would hate that - no connection with the outside world at all.

I did enjoy the previous week, not as much for the house, which was a bit too modern looking outside for me, but for the location - I would love to wake up to that view every day. I thought they were a lovely couple too, and I would love to see what the house looks like in a year or two, when they have settled in and brought in things they love, as others said last week.

bruffin Thu 08-Nov-12 09:59:56

Agree it looked like a library, but it was nice that they actually had books on show, made it look lived in. Most of the other builds recently have nothing at all personal about them.

True - I don't think I have ever seen a GD with enough storage/shelving for all my gubbins and books.

DontmindifIdo Thu 08-Nov-12 13:00:29

I didn't think it was much of a family home as his studio and office was in the same room as the kitchen and living space - the little girl has her study, but I bet she has to spend her time there, you couldn't really have the TV or radio on or a play date happening while he had people working in the other part of the one room they live in. I bet it's really echoy and noisy. Never being away from the noise would bug the hell out of me.

I agree, no where near enough storage, but as you all live in one room and it's the DH's studio/work space, then you'd need to keep it clean and tidy.

I can't get over that you could be stood at the cooker watching your other half do a dump on the loo through the window. You have to have a very strong relationship to cope with that.

OlaRapaceFru Wed 14-Nov-12 19:23:31

So. Today - Wed 14 Nov. I can't work out from the TV listings whether this is going to be a new one, or a repeat, or a follow on? Kevin's going to a bungalow conversion on the Isle Of Wight.

I think it's a repeat sadly.

One of those where he revisits for 10 minutes at the end.

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 14-Nov-12 19:53:02

I din't think I saw it the first time round, so it'll be a good'un for me!
It's this one

MousyMouse Wed 14-Nov-12 21:15:00

it's a revisit.
the one where they paint the walls with cow shit and yoghurt to attract lychen.

thenightsky Wed 14-Nov-12 21:15:12

I've not seen this one. Looks interesting, but I fear the pair of them may get on my nerves. They seem a bit wanky.

AndIfATenTonTruck Wed 14-Nov-12 21:15:26

I saw this the first time and think I liked it. Window and tile problems, as I remember.

OlaRapaceFru Thu 15-Nov-12 07:20:03

Damn, I missed the last 10 minutes fell asleep again!!

Did the lichen grow on the cow shit/yoghurty walls?

No, the walls steadfastly and stubbornly remained looking like concrete sheeting.

OlaRapaceFru Thu 15-Nov-12 07:52:29

Oh no, it was horrible stuff. Shame they didn't use the same wood cladding that they'd used for the bungalow walls.

I wonder whether they will replace the concrete sheeting when they can afford it - I think I would use an untreated wood that would gradually mellow to silver as it weathered - that would blend beautifully with the surrounding woodland and fit their ethos perfectly.

Did they have an en suite in their tower bedroom - I don't recall seeing one on the plans, but was knitting at the time, so may have missed it. It looked to me as if there was an en suite in the guest bedroom on the floor below, but no actual bathroom for the master bedroom, which seemed daft to me. They could use the one in the guest bedroom most of the time, but would have to hike down into the main house if they had guests.

And I am not sure I would want to be so surrounded by woodlands - you wouldn't be able to see the zombies/maniacal axe-murderers until they were practically upon you.

MaryZezItsOnlyJustNovember Thu 15-Nov-12 12:53:22

I thought there was a bathroom on the floor below their bedroom - in fact the floor below looked more like a master bedroom. I suspect they will use the whole tower for themselves, and use the guest room in the old bungalow for guests.

And I agree that hardwood that is allowed to go silver would be much nicer than the concrete.

difficultpickle Wed 21-Nov-12 21:52:23

This week's house is so horrible.

Maryz Wed 21-Nov-12 21:53:33

Oh, mind didn't tape sad. Fecking Celebrity Jungle Shite.

Have taped, will comment tomorrow!

difficultpickle Wed 21-Nov-12 21:58:54

OYBBK don't do it. It will be an hour you'll never get back!

difficultpickle Wed 21-Nov-12 21:59:47

They are like the Henley people and don't care that people hate the house they have built. It is the house equivalent of a lava lamp.

AtoZandbackagain Wed 21-Nov-12 22:00:40

Yuk - it just screams 'Look at me - I'm so trendy / cool / bonkers / alternative <whatever>'

Would make a good playschool if they ever need a change of use.

Don't think Kev was over-impressed with it either.

Maryz Wed 21-Nov-12 22:01:06


Mind boggles at house like lava lamp confused

OYBBK, do you have a Christmas name in mind? I want to vote for you, no matter what it is.

MousyMouse Wed 21-Nov-12 22:02:10

missed it today. was it the one that looked like the big brother house? sunken courtyard?

bruffin Wed 21-Nov-12 22:02:23

Whats with her purple hat confused

AndIfATenTonTruck Wed 21-Nov-12 22:03:04

She is Edina out of AbFab. The kids look totes morto.

difficultpickle Wed 21-Nov-12 22:09:23

Mousy yes!

AndIf spot on. I spent the whole programme trying to work out whom she reminded me of. Completely. Interesting that her son didn't take part in the filming after the very first bit.

Awwwwww Mary, that's luvverly of you! I never make it to the short list though.

I do have one, is it too early to change yet?

Bisjo, sounds right up my street! thank goodness it isn't!

Maryz Wed 21-Nov-12 22:16:53

Yes, it isn't December yet hmm

But you can tell me what it is. Possibly "OhYouWhiteWhiteChristmas"?

HazeltheMcWitch Wed 21-Nov-12 22:25:33

They were just like the Henley cowbags, weren't they? Did not give a shite about the neighbours, seemed to think they were vastly superior.

LOVED her dancing at the end. MMmm, yes, I can see why you'd want a dancefloor you need the practice

Retracting claws now.

difficultpickle Wed 21-Nov-12 22:30:05

It made me laugh at how cool they thought they were when in reality a lot of things they chose for their house were incredibly naff.

bruffin Wed 21-Nov-12 22:32:01

The only thing I liked was the sauna.

MousyMouse Wed 28-Nov-12 21:14:29

barmy barn today

CotedePablo Wed 28-Nov-12 21:19:55

Doesn't look very appealing.

MousyMouse Wed 28-Nov-12 21:23:55

it's soooo difficult to convert barns (or other large spaces) well. have only seen one on gd so far (the one with the wasp nest bedroom).

MarshaBrady Wed 28-Nov-12 21:24:30

It's going to be huge.

It must be so stressful to be constantly trying to demonstrate how different you are.

CotedePablo Wed 28-Nov-12 21:38:45

Oh, she's different all right Tough.


thenightsky Wed 28-Nov-12 21:41:45

God that is ugly!

CotedePablo Wed 28-Nov-12 21:42:14

DH says it looks like something Steptoe and Son would be proud of.

drjohnsonscat Wed 28-Nov-12 21:44:03

gawd I don't get this house. Must have cost an arm and a leg but just looks horrible to live in. They seem nice but why all the crap and clutter? And can't anything be finished? Makes me feel a bit unhappy. Bet Kev loves it.

Aboutlastnight Wed 28-Nov-12 21:51:00

They don't seem to have much humour. They take themselves soooo seriously.

MousyMouse Wed 28-Nov-12 21:51:14

loving the model of the barn made from photos!

WipsGlitter Wed 28-Nov-12 21:52:58

Working artists? Making tat. All bankrolled by mummy and daddy I'd guess given it was their barn.

She's so cliched she is conventional!

drjohnsonscat Wed 28-Nov-12 21:53:10

she's embedding her creativity in the countryside which leaves her with a kitchen with no lights. Blaardy artists.

msrisotto Wed 28-Nov-12 21:53:45

I'm unconventional! I'm unconventional! I'm unconventional! I'm unconventional! I'm unconventional! I'm unconventional! I'm unconventional! I'm unconventional! I'm unconventional! I'm unconventional!I'm unconventional! I'm unconventional! I'm unconventional!

MarshaBrady Wed 28-Nov-12 21:54:40

For a second I thought the little girl on roller skates was the woman.

thenightsky Wed 28-Nov-12 21:55:52

The two concrete silos at the end look awful.

AndIfATenTonTruck Wed 28-Nov-12 21:57:00

Is that a wolf print tshirt?

MousyMouse Wed 28-Nov-12 21:57:59

the collections are stuff from nightmares

msrisotto Wed 28-Nov-12 21:58:01

They're just going to fill it up with crap.

msrisotto Wed 28-Nov-12 21:58:41

More crap...

MousyMouse Wed 28-Nov-12 21:59:51

ui, next week is a really old revisited...

thenightsky Wed 28-Nov-12 21:59:58

AndIf well spotted, that certainly looked like a wolef t-shirt grin

MousyMouse Wed 05-Dec-12 21:17:26

waiting for the 'reveal'

AndIfATenTonTruck Wed 05-Dec-12 21:40:39

Ooh, we're watching a different Kevin show in 4od. It's like George Clarke recently did with his caravan on Amazing Spaces, but it's much more blokey, engineery and funny.

GreatCongas Fri 07-Dec-12 09:14:57

Revisit the community project made me cry.
Mixture of fedupness, jealousy and hormones probably

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