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    mahalo
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    the had huge curtain in the bedroom…

    All these designs with huge windows, the first thing I look for is any evidence of a curtain or blind, so it was quite a surprise to see the huge bedroom curtains

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    not sure they succeeded then! As has been mentioned before, Amazing Spaces is a far better show now for many reasons.

    Building the Dream is better than both.

    Amazing spaces is just made up BS from a trendies keen to build an AirBnB using a Massey35 and some fairy lights. I think half the projects will spring a leak within a month/and/or fall foul of some regulation regarding planning or motor vehicles. That and I have too many stories about George Clark as a student, he was my brothers flat-mate and Architecture course colleague…. 😉

    I also think they should do a cost breakdown too.

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    @fenboy. Thanks for the reply. I guess through lack of knowledge I presumed the architect would have a better idea of what things cost to build from either the training or just experience

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    I agree about the amazing spaces. Tonight we had another wreck of a box on wheels turned into a poor glamping pod. The pointless George folly project he watches will build trying to make it sound clever and innovative. And how to take 2 t4s and end up with less space than if you just has 1 and did it properly

    Premier Icon paulneenan76
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    Re the latest Grand Designs, whilst I appreciated the design features etc., for the third week running we have another soulless, high ceilinged box. Cavernous, lovely little quirky designs but altogether a bit like crap new Methodist church.

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    I thought the pond had the look of something to do with SUDs (sustainable urban drainage – aka you can’t put storm water into the sewer anymore.

    Must say I thought they had accidentally doubled all the measurements!

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    Nice to see people are concerned about the drainage pond for the child, I was more concerned about the open staircase and landing with its handily spaced gaps for a toddler to climb through

    I liked the external shape of it had been 2/3 smaller.

    Not a comfortable home at all though

    What happens when parents die and they want to sell the annex which has shared access ? And the new neighbours turn out to be the neighbours from hell….

    I want Grand Designs to do a series of look backs to the ones that have failed, the ones that over the years that haven’t aged very well, or a kid has died falling through really daft stairs on to a solid concrete floor – in fact I remember now they did but they concentrated it on only a small number of the houses

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    oops

    Premier Icon mahalo
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    I agree about the amazing spaces. Tonight we had another wreck of a box on wheels turned into a poor glamping pod. The pointless George folly project he watches will build trying to make it sound clever and innovative. And how to take 2 t4s and end up with less space than if you just has 1 and did it properly

    generally agree, especially the terrible t4 caravan, but i thought the railway carriage was ace!

    what was funny; its true he repeats everything 3 times!! never noticed before, will never not notice now! and that t4 caravan was terrible!! see the size of the kids beds, then it cut to two giant almost teenage opposite sex kids!!

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    What happens when parents die and they want to sell the annex which has shared access ? And the new neighbours turn out to be the neighbours from hell….

    My take on that was that he already had 2 teenage kids from a previous relationship so when his parents no longer need the annex it’ll be available for the (by then grown up) kids plus partners etc when they stay. I don’t think he needed to recoup any cash by selling it.

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    I liked it.

    They liked it.

    They did it for £600k quite quickly during a pandemic.

    She had great hair.

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    I want Grand Designs to do a series of look backs to the ones that have failed, the ones that over the years that haven’t aged very well, or a kid has died falling through really daft stairs on to a solid concrete floor.

    Can’t imagine why they haven’t.

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    What happens when parents die and they want to sell the annex which has shared access ? And the new neighbours turn out to be the neighbours from hell….

    Man Cave with a loo and heating. He wasn’t daft!

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    I haven’t watched GD for years, it all got a bit samey and cliched, decided to watch this weeks and it was actually enjoyable. The couple seemed nice, no hysterics or tantrums and the house looked nice enough and once it’s been lived in a bit I’m sure it’ll have more soul than when a tv show is being shot in it.

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    I thought the house was brilliant. Loved the shape, style and materials used – apart from the huge bricks chimney which I think stuck out a bit. I don’t think the house did look like a visitor centre etc.

    Surprised at the total lack of fondness on here. Not sure if it’s all genuine or tinged with jealousy. I can only dream of owning a house on that scale. I’ve been impressed with all 3 builds so far.

    It’s a shame due to covid that we don’t actually get to see much of the build process though.

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    Too big (again. Even the annexe looked huge and that wasn’t being built for a growing family and vistors) but I liked the concept if not the execution. Once again, I think it demonstrates that we generally build much more interesting visitor centres than houses.

    All these designs with huge windows, the first thing I look for is any evidence of a curtain or blind, so it was quite a surprise to see the huge bedroom curtains

    In a pointlessly huge bedroom (who actually spends any time in their bedroom other than in bed?) with a ridiculous open plan ensuite (smells? damp?) which meant those huge curtains would need to be closed every time anyone wanted to use the bathroom…

    the designer did state he had advised the client the budget was too tight. this happens a lot and some/ (maybe a lot) clients don’t believe the professionals they employ and think they can do better because their friend told them something different

    That was refreshing to see and maybe it was because he wasn’t an architect, but instead a ‘technician’ who was a lot closer to actual build projects. Our architects estimate of costs were consistently and obviously unrealistically low as they encouraged us to have various bespoke features. Most of those we pushed back on but the few we allowed ended up costing way more than estimated. We were main contractor and PM and came in on budget because we a) did a lot of costing work during design b) kept tight control on spend and compromised on stuff as some costs rose c) started with a realistic budget AND a properly sized contingency all which we spent d) Did the work ourselves so could flex time rather than having to pay more or pay someone to build in risk.

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    In a pointlessly huge bedroom (who actually spends any time in their bedroom other than in bed?)

    the house we moved into recently has a too-big-really main bedroom, although it’s worked out ok as it now also contains my office (much nicer than being stuck in a box-room) and all my Lego where no-one can touch it (probably not a consideration for most people on GD, granted 😃)

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    Lego is probably the least weird thing on Grand Designs

    Do you remember the huge house built to look like a sterile Bond villain lair and the balding, bespectacled owner spending bazillions to get it just right including lining up his custom made furniture so it was perfectly in line with the knob on his recently acquired sculpture?

    https://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/welsh-homes/grand-design-uses-willy-plumb-10019954.amp

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    If anyone is wondering how they got planning – seems like the local plan was out of date and they needed more houses. Doesn’t seem the most compelling reason, but who knows…

    https://planning.sholland.gov.uk/OcellaWeb/showDocuments?reference=H16-1258-18&module=pl

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    I’d swear Kevin talked about it being clad in ‘reclaimed slate’ in the opening but when the cladding was going on thought ‘those look like modern fake slate tiles’. Sure enough, clad in fibre-cement-slates – thrutone-smooth

    It is as huge as it looked – ground floor alone looks like 200m2

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    I thought he said recycled slate, i.e plastic ? which is what I thought they were.

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    Classic. Eco warrior using concrete.  OK, OK, it’s “eco-concrete” but still. GD bingo tick.

    Premier Icon roger_mellie
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    And now polystyrene!!!!

    Premier Icon lister
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    And acres of blue plastic. I’m unconvinced by the eco-credentials so far.

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    Harsh! I’d be happily reconciled with the house not using energy for its lifetime and possibly acting as a blueprint for sustainable housing IF it works. If I was him I’d allow for some discreet gas central heating in case the experiment fails though

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    Not sure about his underfloor pipe pattern either 🤔.

    Premier Icon fingerbang
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    God forbid one of the kids leaves the patio doors open though

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    discreet gas central heating

    The not so discreet un-plumbed in log burner was in shot there.

    Premier Icon fingerbang
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    It seems to work. Right I’m starting a building company that specialises in laying concrete on a sloping roof etc. The government will be handing out grants and subsidies like sweeties

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    Do they have to keep all the windows shut in the summer to build up the heat?

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    un-plumbed in log burner

    Maybe the flu went out the back of the stove?

    Premier Icon torsoinalake
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    Maybe the flu went out the back of the stove?

    It’s just the flu bro.

    Maybe. Given they have now acknowledged it.

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    Next week’s episode looks better? More problems 🤣

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    What did I just see at the end? 😂

    Premier Icon retrorick
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    I think more data is needed rather than just pointing a thermal imaging camera at the house 🤔.
    Another visit in a few years with a look at all the energy bills would be good.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    I’m a big fan of earthships and passive features. I thought this was a good go at things…

    However, as he stated ‘we only need 14 or 15*c of radiated heat’ while wearing three layers of clothes, I did wonder. 🤔

    Then we saw the stove and the pipes that originally in the plan were air filled (as many earthships use) were now underfloor heating led to a manifold area and pumps. And so I wondered more. 🤔

    I’m keen to see the data from this one. Totally passive heat gain and conservation seems just out of reach in much of the UK – but I’m happy to be corrected.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    And first programme in a while without pregnancy (although kev flirted with her), without £100k sofa and without huge window delays…

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    Felt a bit let down. I liked the whole low impact idea. Can reconcile the concrete/polymers for lower fuel burn (actually thinking about it not so sure) But it all went a bit slick and expensive suddenly. She even had to go to work to afford stuff.

    £300k sounded good but no outlay for the 3 acres. What will be the mass of that roof with waterlogged soil? And how much will thermal insulation degrade with compaction of soil and expanded polystyrene?
    Thermal imaging was just bollocks without scaling. Depending on the scaling you could have 20degrees be orange or blue. You could even move the scale to change the colours in the image to suit you.

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    Does the place not become unbearably hot in the summer or is all that earth and concrete heat sink actually going to cool the place down enough?

    Anyone know where the house is?

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    Spent £45k (?) on windows and she was applying the sealant herself. I’m keen on DIY but wouldn’t trust myself to get the finish I wanted!

    Beautiful space inside. Hopefully they can have all the glass open in the summer to bring the outside in.
    Did anyone else notice that Kev was wearing slippers inside?

    Would love to see an update, especially without any spin on the figures.

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