- Grand Designs
Shocking. I’m with the haters.
I know all skate/BMX parks look similar but that looked very like one I visited a few times…. Can’t remember exactly where it was but North London/Essex border. The bike looked quite similar to my old dp freestyle too (with chain stays coming forward of the seat post). Made me nostalgicPosted 1 year agoAndy_KSubscriber
It was certainly the most concete-y of all the concrete GDs. I didn’t actually hate the inside as much as I thought I would in the end, but the bare surfaces really sucked the light out of the place, and there wasn’t a great many windows to start with. You could see how dark it was when the were filming the final reveal.
It’s sort of nice that it exists, but glad I’m not living in it.
Ooh, and looking forward to the return of the King of Cob next week! Although didn’t he eventually sell the place, or at least try to?Posted 1 year agoDickyboySubscriber
First of this current series, Dinton Castle’s up for sale £850k, didn’t take them long to work out that it’s not right for two growing boys then 🤔Posted 1 year agoajantomSubscriber
Divorce = sale of old family home
Kev sold his old house (which is also cob, and next door to his new place).
He does also do a lot of other cob work around the area, which is one of the reasons it took so long I suppose. But as long as he keeps working then the cash kept coming in. It’s a big old place!
On another note….he’s also an MTBer, and friends with a few of us on here.Posted 1 year agoPeterPoddyMember
As an ex concrete technician and Plant Supervisor (AKA batcher) I watched the concrete house episode with a little bit of horror mixed with amazement. Firstly, there’s bugger all ‘new’ or ‘cutting edge’ about poly or steel fibres in a mix. I was using those 20 years ago. (Blackbushe Metals in Hampshire has a slab they smash cars to bits on. It’s the strongest mix we could supply at the time, containing both microsilica and steel fibres, for instance)
I wasn’t surprised when the shuttering burst. They were pouring what looked like a superplasticised mix (i.e. absolute piss) and the fluid pressure at the bottom would have been very high. Stuff like that is generally poured slowly so it’s going off at the bottom whilst you’re sill pouring in the top.
Im really not sure about not using rebar in the walls and subsitituing fibres instead. As far as I can see it complicates everything. Just use the rebar you muppet.
I did giggle when thy implied the pump couldn’t pump their special mix. Again, that’s was a sloppy superplasticsied mix. It should virtually pump itself. I’d have refused to pay the pump hire because that’s their fault. He probably hadn’t primed the line properly (using cement slurry) or cleaned it out previously. That was a farce, believe me.
The actual house was a disaster too. Bloody awful. Terribly finished. They’ll never sell it.Posted 1 year agorevs1972Member
Just watching tonight’s on plus one.Posted 4 months ago
Dear oh dear , another one who thinks he can project manage.
Mmmmm, pay your cladders to stay at home whilst the timber boys go home at 4.
Obviously paying them too much, not met an erector yet who turns down extra hours (nor crane drivers come to that ) 🙂
Watched the cliff top house last night. I liked the look of the finished article, probably because it looked like a WW2 RAF dipersal pen. The location was stunning but I couldn’t cope with the weather myself, however that was their choice.
Liked the couple too. My Missus would have said exactly the same thing about the boulders.
If that wrong batch of concrete had set before they could remedy it what would they have done?
Shame about the dog.Posted 4 months agoedhornbySubscriber
I genuinely don’t get the need to pour concrete ?? especially for rectangular boxes which are then covered by something like stud and plaster, surely it would be better to either use those prefab wooden walls that you join together or just block. The cliff top house would have been fine with block, although I did like it.
the round one left me completely underwhelmed, I’d have been a bit more discerning with the choice of architect if it were me.Posted 4 months ago
Just caught up in the cylindrical buildings one.
Not my taste, but he got an awful lot for his £1.2m: Star Trek sinks, silver settees, swimming pool and karaoke room. All that in 13 months! They clearly loved it and you have to admire the guy’s work ethic.
I suppose that the cladding will silver over time and the grounds will become more established to soften it a bit
I can see how he got into a spot of bother with his cladders, they were hired on a firm hand shake and “my word is my bond” basis, but the timber frame erectors were not. If he had broken his deal with the cladders it would have damaged his reputation and cost them money, but he was clearly a guy who wouldn’t do that. I liked him even more for that.
The place reminded me of cross between the visitors centre at Jurassic Park and bulk chemical storage, but it was their house and they got what they wanted.Posted 4 months ago
Indeed, we’ve noticed Kev has gone from fertility guru to harbinger of doom this series.
Can’t help but feel that the 250k plus spent on professional fees have set him up for an almighty fall/money pit, esp when the architect was talking about the wonderfulness of a double curved wall, while the client was haemorrhaging moneyPosted 3 months ago
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