Grand Designs: The most jaw-dropping houses ever seen on the show

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Kevin McCloud has been the host of Grand Designs since 1999 (Photo: Channel 4).

The Grand Design is nothing less than a national institution.

Host and creator of the show, Kevin McCloud, has been taking us to spectacular homes since 1999. He set the bar for reality shows like this and paved the way for shows like Homes Under the Hammer, George Clark’s Amazing Spaces and many others.

During the lockout, many of them collected the catalog for the series, and the series returned to power earlier this year in its 21st season.

Spectators admire the gothic house built next to the cemetery, which recently cost the astronomical sum of £4.5 million. It’s one of the most memorable structures ever built in the series – even if fans are quick to dismiss its ridiculous cost.

Even 22 years after the first episode, the series has proven that it is still capable of shocking and thrilling viewers after all this time.

But how does this compare to other spectacular designs? It’s the most beautiful house ever seen in Grand Designs.

Water tower house

The most amazing houses, lifeboat stations converted into fairy-tale cottages.

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New products from Grand Designs are always an exciting new beginning, and it’s fun to see something come out of nowhere. The show’s greatest joy, however, comes when people dare to undertake ambitious renovations – and nothing is more ambitious than a house with a water tower in Kennington.

Developer Lee Osborne and his partner Graham Vos set out to convert the 100-foot tower into a family home and faced many challenges along the way. They originally planned to invest £600,000 in the renovation, but ended up spending £2 million on the project.

But they still have a lot of money. The house spans ten floors, with five bedrooms, 360 degree views of London and the largest set of sliding doors in Europe.

Archaeological House

Ecological House Grand Design

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For many, building a new home in Grand Designs is synonymous with luxury and excess, but not for Richard and Sophie Hawkes, who appeared on the show in 2009. Inspired by 14th century building techniques. The couple created this highly sustainable building in the 20th century, reflecting their vision of sustainability while creating something unique and environmentally friendly.

More than 26,000 handmade tiles have been installed in the building. It was also incredibly easy to heat, thanks to the use of insulation, which required 43,000 pounds of triple-glazed windows and padding the walls with 10 tons of newspaper. Fantastic and smart in an individual package.

Maritime Container House

The most amazing houses, lifeboat stations converted into fairy-tale cottages.

(Photo: Channel 4)

Sometimes the most beautiful homes in Grand Designs are created in unexpected places. The creative mind behind this 2014 building transformed four shipping containers into something truly amazing, turning them into something functional to create something absolutely fantastic. The building itself was built faster than most at the fair, in just seven months, and cost £130,000. It is one of the most original and unexpected drawings of the series, and also the most attractive.

Fairyland house

The most amazing houses, lifeboat stations converted into fairy-tale cottages.

(Photo: Channel 4)

A house doesn’t have to cost millions and take years to build to impress an audience. In fact, this fairytale home with infinite charm remains one of the most popular buildings on the show – and its construction in the woods of West Sussex cost just £28,000. In the series’ third season in 2003, Ben Lowe spent eight months building this wooden house, whose walls were made of 300 bales of barley. The modest project focused on sustainability and the end result was more mysterious and enchanting than many of the buildings on display, which were much more expensive.

Conversion of a beautiful barn

The most amazing houses, lifeboat stations converted into fairy-tale cottages.

(Photo: Channel 4)

Barn conversions are a dime a dozen, right? This is not the case here – this stunning transformation of a landmark Colchester barn has brought a 1560s building back to life. The size of the project was staggering, covering 690 square meters.

In 2011, the owners, artists Ben and Freddy, were not afraid to keep the original structure intact. They combined rough, industrial edges with smooth glass and modern design to create something very special. Better still, it was something of a windfall, with the pair saving half a million pounds against an initial estimate of £1.3 million.


The most amazing houses, lifeboat stations converted into fairy-tale cottages.

(Photo: Channel 4)

Grand Designs projects can be pretty stressful, but Tim and Philomena O’Donovan decided to make it hard on themselves by remodeling a lifeboat station halfway across the ocean. In the end, the couple did an incredible job of turning the rubble of a listed building in Tenby into a truly unique home.

The house sits atop one of the elements of a 40-foot pier and is one of the most unusual and exciting episodes of the series in 2011. If the building itself is not for everyone, the determination with which the couple built it should be respected.

Grand Design airs on Wednesday nights at 9pm on Channel 4.

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