Posts tagged ‘Kevin McCloud’
If you’re anything like us you may have a slight obsession with Grand Designs. Whether they are full chronicles, programme features or award winners we want to see them all. Below are our top 10 on the market.
How many do you recognise?
1. A Venetian style water tower with 360 degree views of London – it doesn’t get more grand than that. Now on the market for £5.2m.
Five bed in London - Foxtons
2. Featured back in 2004, Kevin McCloud had this Scottish home in his top 20 of all the Grand Designs. He described it as “a beautiful, romantic building, like a ship or an ark”.
Four bed in Helensburgh - Savills
3. ‘The White House’ - a seafront oasis or quirky and cool with stunning views.
Three bed in East Sussex - Phillips and Stubbs
4. Dubbed ‘The Sugar Cube’ this is another truly unique grand design. Now for sale at £1.5m.
Four bed in Bristol - Savills
5. It’s no surprise this unique home was winner of the 2006 Grand Designs best remodelled house in Britain award.
Five bed in Berkshire - Knight Frank
6. A more recent build from 2010 which cost £200,000 to build and was recently on the market for £975,000.
More Grand Designs profits
7. This Holland Park home had plenty of fame before it’s 2012 appearance on Grand Designs. The building, a former recording studio, has previously hosted artists such as Shirley Bassey, The Sex Pistols, Rod Stewart & John Lennon.
Four bed in London - Aylesford
8. A RIBA award-winning London home that featured on Grand Designs.
Five bed in Hackney - Foxtons
9. The renovation of this water works was chronicled on Grand Designs back in 2002. If you’re looking for character then this could be the ideal property for you.
Four bed in Derbyshire - Blundells
10. New to the market is the decagon house from 2007. Its series of glass fronted decagons and courtyards forms a protected and private walled oasis near the city centre.
Six bed in Oxford - Penny & Sinclair
News has reached us of yet another Grand Designs house for sale, which begs the following question:
If, like most participants, you’d put so much time, effort, cash and emotion into creating the home of your dreams, why would you want to sell up a couple of years later?
Yes, the recession may have been a factor for some but I wonder whether it’s ever a wise decision to throw every penny you have (or can borrow) into a property, as many of the programme’s homeowners continue to do under the watchful eye of Kevin McCloud.
Equally, perhaps it’s a bad idea to invite in a TV crew to witness your whole ‘Dream Home Journey’ warts and all if you’re then going to try and sell later on.
The latest Grand Designs home to hit the market is Longwood House in Cambridgeshire aka The ‘Wooden Box’. It first appeared on series three of the show in 2003 and was then featured on a ‘Revisited’ episode five years later.
As is customary in the series, many hoops were jumped before the project was completed; the house was later extended as the 2008 ‘Revisited’ programme revealed.
The property is now on the market for £700,000 through Chesterton Humberts in Stamford, but to give an idea of the number that don’t become life-long homes, there’s also…
The Curved House, Clapham
This re-design was originally about providing more living space but became a Grand Designs classic due to the planning permission problems concerning a giant tree which resulted in the curved wall.
Earlier this year, the owners decided to put the property on the rental market. Ironically, they’d decided that the house was too big for them.
Brighton Modern Mansion
A very contemporary design with outstanding countryside views. This property featured on the show just last year, leading people to question why it was up for sale so soon after.
No takers so far despite it having been on the market for several months.
The Loch House
This Scottish house sits right on the edge of Loch Lomond so you can imagine the wonderful views from the double height glass windows.
It’s another fairly recent one having featured on the programme in 2008, and again, it’s been lingering on the market for a while.
For a home with the wow factor, it’s hard to beat a bespoke architect designed property.
We’ve found some fantastic examples from our listings but it’s worth bearing in mind that architects are there for everyone and not just for the grandest of designs.
Indeed, it’s thanks to the popularity of TV personalities like Kevin McCloud and George Clarke that more and more ‘normal’ people are opting to commission an architect to design or improve their home these days. Fine work, chaps.
Here are five of our favourite architectural creations from our current listings:
(Click on pics for more images & property details)
1. London SW8
2. London SW19
3. Esher, Surrey
4. Orpington, Kent
News reaches us today that Kevin McCloud’s development company HAB (Happiness Architecture Beauty) has been granted planning permission for a 42-unit housing scheme in Swindon.
The Triangle, as it’s called, will be developed in partnership with housing group GreenSquare and should be completed by the end of 2010.
What kind of steel and glass eco-friendly extravaganza will Kev unleash on the good people of Swindon?
Err … well … look … not sure how to tell all you Grand Designs dreamers this, but Kev’s first effort is built around a village green and is based on a terrace of railway cottages in Swindon Old Town (pic below).
The scheme consists of two and two-and-a-half storey terraces containing two-, three-, and four-bedroom homes around a central village green.
The architectural expression is deliberately low-key, deriving its character from perfect proportions, carefully-defined details, and high-quality execution.
Hmmmm. If Kev could be cloned and Kev#2 was asked to walk around this development in a hard hat and deliver his thoughts to camera I suspect he’d probably say something like this:
“Contextual sensitivity is admirable and this development, drawing on a very traditional template, is trying very hard indeed to blend in with its surroundings.
“But this project has some big questions to answer. At what point does sensitivity become timidity? At what point does homage become pastiche?
“And is it really possible to pull off this delicate balancing act without ending up with something like … well, Poundbury?”
Cue theme music. Cut to ad break. Await denoument and final judgement.