Anyone watching Grand Designs?
I don’t think KM has ever done any building work in his life. He seems to quick to apportion blame to any party when things go wrong, or ridicule the programme’s participants for not having the same tastes as him.
It’s very easy to criticise a project when you aren’t financially committed and it must be quite annoying having him poking his nose in throughout the build. It would be much more useful if he imparted his advice to the participants at the beginning of the project, so the same old mistakes weren’t made! I HATE the stupid way that he explains stuff to the viewer, like we are al ignorant. I hope the programme maker pays these people enough to make putting up with him worthwhile!
He seems like a typical architect to me – always enthusing about doing things impractically and selecting very esoteric, expensive, but often unremakable meaterials. I suppose it is just for the sake of making a statement that only other architects and a handful of design snobs might appreciate. Some of the owners have some bizarre ideas too. E.G. How many people would spend £1M on a house and choose polished concrete as a flooring solution? Or spend £1k on a particular style of kitchen mixer tap? Hey, no accounting for taste!!
However I love the show because I love building, creative design and learning about some of the issues of such projects.Posted 9 years agotangMember
my father in law is an architect and KM is his pet hate. a family rule is not to mention grand designs, i always do and sit back and enjoy the rant (puts stw to shame). he does watch every episode though. kevins pre ad cliffhangers followed by raised eyebrows are wearing a bit thin.Posted 9 years agoskidartistMember
Not withstanding the seemingly gung-ho approach, I was more struck by a narked neighbour that was somewhere in the background of the whole thing, while the builder was acting on verbal information from the council that wasn’t being followed up in writing, the neighbour was exploiting just that. I mean one neighbour holding the whole council to ransom with the threat of a judicial review, thats crazy.
I would understand if the guy had just fired ahead having ignored or exploited the planning process, or was playing silly games, but from his side he’d done everything that was expected of him and was acting in good faith. The invisible neighbour just seemed to be using strong arm tactics to heap on as much misery as the could. It appalls me that people have that sense of shadenfreuder (pardon my pidgin german).Posted 9 years agotimberMember
not surprised the timber needed trimmingPosted 9 years ago
probably been down to 20% moisture content in America, then left in a shed over here where best he could hope for air dried is 30%
having said that, always best to have too much, it don’t grow it back once it’s been chopped downmike-at-dialledbikesMember
The interfering neighbour element really riled me. Kev should’ve taken the camera crew around so they could give their side of the story/be named and shamed.
Once all the planning permissions had been granted and the house was built, I would’ve tiled “fu*k you” into the side of the roof which faced the objecting neighbours property 😉Posted 9 years agobreatheeasyMember
Mike – maybe the programme made (shock) it look like the neighbour was being the baddy.
If I was the neighbour and the guy plonked a 100 feet tall orange building in the way of my view I might get a bit narked. And we only have his “word” that he spoke to the neighbour and got a verbal agreement, judging by him gawd knows what he actually showed them as a plan….Posted 9 years ago
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