Grand Designs Revisited

7:30pm – Thursday, June 21 on TV 3

Design expert Kevin McCloud finds out how another house construction is doing since we last saw them on Grand Designs when Grand Designs Revisited returns will all new episodes on Thursday, June 21 st at 7:30pm on 3.

This week sees McCloud and the team revisit the home of Andrew Tate and Deborah Mills, who, over 10 years ago, as one of Grand Design’s first projects, found a site with a monstrous, dilapidated, 100-foot tall water tower on it. Unusually, they saw it as the perfect spot to build a contemporary family home and hoped to convert the old water tower into a seven-storey bedroom wing.

Andrew is a commercial architect and so the modern new build went up in just four months, using fast-track methods alongside unconventional building materials. However, things were not so easy when it came to the three-feet thick water tower – a doorway they expected to be made in two days, took two weeks. McCloud first went back to see Andrew and Deborah three years after they had moved into their contemporary extension but they had still made no progress on the water tower and were living with minimal bedroom space. Now, a decade later, McCloud returns again, to see if the water tower conversion has finally happened. However, one thing that Tate and Deborah should not expect the visit is false pity from the “tell it like it is” Grand Designs host. Having trained in both architecture and design, McCloud has more then earned his right for being able to be more than just a little honest with the Grand Designs projects.

“Yes, I can be sharp,” he admits. “I’m extremely demanding, very tidy and anal about things being in the right place. I’m a nightmare to live with in that way as I like things to be beautiful.”

“But why not? My job is trying to make difficult subjects exciting. And I want viewers to say, ‘Yeah, that’s interesting. I could do that’. Home improvement is life’s last adventure that we can all do.” But after almost 100 house makeovers, what motivates this design guru to go back and revisit projects from previous seasons of Grand Designs?

“I wouldn’t do this job if I didn’t get excited,” he explains. “When Grand Designs was first broadcast on Channel 4 [U.K.] in 1999, it quickly became television gold, so it’s nice to go back and see how they’re doing now.” Make sure not to miss this week’s revisit when Grand Designs Revisited returns to our screens on Thursday, June 21 st at 7:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Thursday, April 12 on TV 3

This week’s Grand Designs Revisited premiere, screening on Thursday, April 12 th at 7:30pm on 3, sees Kevin McCloud revisits Robert and Milla a year after their ambitious Lake District eco-home seemed on the verge of disaster.

Running out of money is always a grim prospect for anyone attempting their own grand design. Perhaps no one has come closer than Robert and Milla Gaukroger. When Kevin last saw them a year ago, they were camping out in the incomplete shell of their ambitious Lake District home with their two children. With hundreds of thousands of pounds of work still to be done, the bank was threatening to foreclose on the mortgage, and they were in danger of losing everything.

Designer Robert, had poured his heart and soul into this project, turning an ugly 1980s house into a highly experimental, eco home that mirrored the mountains around it with a series of curvy roofs.

Starting out with just �100,000 of the �400,000 budget in place, Robert and Milla gradually sold off their possessions one by one in an increasingly desperate attempt to keep the project going.

The sheer physical effort of building much of the house himself – to save on labour costs – almost put Robert’s health at risk.

Now, Kevin returns to find out whether Robert and Milla have managed to hold on to, let alone complete, their visionary timber home with its far reaching views of Lake Windermere. Explore the ups and downs of this massive project, which McCloud described as “a building of wonderful imagination…where adventurous and playful ideas are expressed on a giant scale”, on Grand Designs Revisited screening Thursday, April 12 th at 7:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Saturday, June 25 on TV 3

Design expert Kevin McCloud finds out how another house construction is doing since we last saw them on Grand Designs when Grand Designs Revisited returns for a brand new season on Saturday, June 25th at 7:30pm on 3.

This week sees McCloud and the team revisit the home of Andrew Tate and Deborah Mills, who, over 10 years ago, as one of Grand Design’s first projects, found a site with a monstrous, dilapidated, 100-foot tall water tower on it. Unusually, they saw it as the perfect spot to build a contemporary family home and hoped to convert the old water tower into a seven-storey bedroom wing. Andrew is a commercial architect and so the modern new build went up in just four months, using fast-track methods alongside unconventional building materials. However, things were not so easy when it came to the three-feet thick water tower – a doorway they expected to be made in two days, took two weeks. McCloud first went back to see Andrew and Deborah three years after they had moved into their contemporary extension but they had still made no progress on the water tower and were living with minimal bedroom space. Now, a decade later, McCloud returns again, to see if the water tower conversion has finally happened. However, one thing that Tate and Deborah should not expect the visit is false pity from the “tell it like it is” Grand Designs host. Having trained in both architecture and design, McCloud has more then earned his right for being able to be more than just a little honest with the Grand Designs projects.

“Yes, I can be sharp,” he admits. “I’m extremely demanding, very tidy and anal about things being in the right place. I’m a nightmare to live with in that way as I like things to be beautiful.” “But why not? My job is trying to make difficult subjects exciting. And I want viewers to say, ‘Yeah, that’s interesting. I could do that’. Home improvement is life’s last adventure that we can all do.”

But after almost 100 house makeovers, what motivates this design guru to go back and revisit projects from previous seasons of Grand Designs?

“I wouldn’t do this job if I didn’t get excited,” he explains. “When Grand Designs was first broadcast on Channel 4 [U.K.] in 1999, it quickly became television gold, so it’s nice to go back and see how they’re doing now.”

To date, McCloud has followed the fortunes of over 100 ambitious projects, from a seashell-shaped house in Devon, to a former violin factory in London; from Gothic to sugar-cube Modernist, earth-sheltered to sliding glassroofed houses. And over the Grand Designs Revisited season McCloud will be revisiting some of these projects and revealing their progress since the cameras left.

So make sure not to miss one such revelation when McCloud finds out just how far Tate and Deborah have come in creating their dream home in this week’s Grand Designs Revisited brand new season premiere, screening on Saturday, June 25 th at 7:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Wednesday, October 7 on TV 3

Grand Designs Revisited, the series which takes a fresh look at some of the building projects from past seasons of Grand Designs, revisits the home of Alex and Cheryl Reay when the series screens on Wednesday, October 7th at 7:30pm on 3.

Eight-years-ago Alex and Cheryl left London for a new life in the New Forest where they bought a run down medieval thatched cottage and lovingly brought it back to life.

Then just before Christmas, with Cheryl pregnant, disaster struck. A fault in the chimney caused a massive fire which destroyed the entire building. Overnight Alex and Cheryl had lost almost £400,000.

Whilst most people would have walked away from this, Alex and Cheryl couldn’t let go of their dream. Nine months after the fire, they decided to start all over again and rebuild the cottage, bigger and better than before.

Now McCloud and the team are revisiting the couple and catching up on their progress, but one thing Alex and Cheryl should not expect is false pity from the “tell it like it is” Grand Designs host.

Having trained in both architecture and design, McCloud has more then earned his right for being able to be more than just a little honest with the Grand Designs projects.

“Yes, I can be sharp,” he admits. “I’m extremely demanding, very tidy and anal about things being in the right place. I’m a nightmare to live with in that way as I like things to be beautiful.”

“But why not? My job is trying to make difficult subjects exciting. And I want viewers to say, ‘Yeah, that’s interesting. I could do that’. Home improvement is life’s last adventure that we can all do.”

But after almost 100 house makeovers what motivates this design guru to go back and revisit projects from previous seasons of Grand Designs?

“I wouldn’t do this job if I didn’t get excited,” he explains. “When Grand Designs was first broadcast on Channel 4 [U.K.] in 1999, it quickly became television gold, so it’s nice to go back and see how they’re doing now.”

To date, McCloud and the team have followed the fortunes of 97 ambitious projects, from a seashell-shaped house in Devon, to a former violin factory in London; from Gothic to sugar-cube Modernist, earth-sheltered to sliding glass-roofed houses.

And over the Grand Designs Revisited season McCloud will be revisiting some of these projects and revealing their progress since the cameras left.

So make sure not to miss one such revelation when the Grand Design team travel back to New Forest and find out just how far Alex and Cheryl have come in once again creating their dream home. Don’t miss this heart warming episode when Grand Designs Revisited screens on Wednesday, October 7th at 7:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Wednesday, September 23 on TV 3

Presented by Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs Revisited, screening on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:30pm on 3, takes a fresh look at some of the building projects from past series of Grand Designs to see what progress they’ve made since we last saw them.

Kevin McCloud is the design expert, writer and presenter of the series. With a family background in engineering, a degree in the history of art and architecture, and experience as a theatre designer, he brings many different perspectives to Grand Designs Revisited.

“Doing Grand Designs is a dream ticket for me,” says McCloud. “I’ve designed exhibitions, graphics, product and spaces, settling eventually – for no particular reason other than people bought the stuff – on lighting and furniture. I enjoy it all.”

Grand Designs Revisited takes a fresh look at ambitious design projects, from the initial intricacies of blueprints to the long and often arduous task of turning those designs into a practical living space.

The series discovers how difficult design concepts work out in practice by following up on the progress of projects that have struggled with unforeseen complications and no stretch in the budget.

With budgets usually pushed way beyond their limits and time ticking away, Grand Designs Revisited gives viewers a unique opportunity to discover how ambitious design concepts work out in practice, and depicts the hard realities of creating a dream home.

In this week’s instalment entitled “The 14th Century Castle, Yorkshire” McCloud revisits Francis and Karen, a couple who took on the remarkable challenge of restoring a 14th century castle in Yorkshire.

The episode follows their, and the building’s, progress through the doubts, delays, frustrations and challenges of building a Grand Design. Grand Designs Revisited screens on Wednesday, September 23rd at 7:30pm on 3.

Monday, January 26th at 7:30pm

It’s been a series of coming back to see “how are they doing now?” but unfortunately the time has come to say goodbye to Kevin McCloud and the Grand Designs Revisited team on Monday, January 26th at 7:30pm on 3.

But before we are left to our imaginations on how the grand designs from previous seasons of Grand Designs are doing now, the series finale will see McCloud revisit the home of Anjana and David Devoy.

Two years ago the couple started building a contemporary home that curved elegantly around a protected chestnut tree in their back garden. It was a technically difficult project and after months of literally putting it together with their own bare hands it was still little more than a shell.

But as difficult a project as this proved for Anjana and David, the couple did not make the most commonly made mistake by Grand Designs’ and other self-builders – optimism.

“What being optimistic leads to is the mistake of never really allowing enough money,” explains McCloud to UK’s Channel 4.

“Nearly everyone goes over budget,” he continues. “Yet everybody at the start believes theirs is going to be the perfect self build. If they didn’t we would never be allowed to film it!”

Fortunately for viewers Anjana and David also believed their grand design would be perfect. And now that they’re finally finished building their home McCloud returns to find out if the couple have succeeded in building the quirkily creative house of their dreams.

Make sure not to miss this revelation and McCloud’s verdict of the project when we say goodbye to Grand Designs Revisited on Monday, January 26th at 7:30pm on 3.   

Monday, December 22nd at 7:30pm

Grand Designs Revisited, the series which takes a fresh look at some of the building projects from past seasons of Grand Designs revisits the home of John and Eleni who, when we last saw them completely gutted their Victorian terraced house to create a more open light, modern space. Find out what progress they have made since when Grand Designs Revisited screens on Monday, December 22nd at 7:30pm on 3.

Like Grand Designs, Grand Designs Revisited is presented by the “tell it like it is” design expert Kevin McCloud. Having trained in both architecture and design, McCloud has more then earned his right for being able to be more than just a little honest with the Grand Designs projects.

“Yes, I can be sharp,” he admits. “I’m extremely demanding, very tidy and anal about things being in the right place. I’m a nightmare to live with in that way as I like things to be beautiful.”

“But why not? My job is trying to make difficult subjects exciting. And I want viewers to say, ‘Yeah, that’s interesting. I could do that’. Home improvement is life’s last adventure that we can all do.”

But after almost 100 house makeovers what motivates this design guru to go back and revisit projects from previous seasons of Grand Designs?

“I wouldn’t do this job if I didn’t get excited,” he explains. When Grand Designs was first broadcast on Channel 4 [U.K.] in 1999, it quickly became television gold, so it’s nice to go back and see how they’re doing now.”

To date, McCloud and the team have followed the fortunes of 97 ambitious projects: from a seashell-shaped house in Devon, to a former violin factory in London; from Gothic to sugar-cube Modernist, earth-sheltered to sliding glass-roofed houses.

And over the Grand Designs Revisited season McCloud will be revisiting some of these projects and revealing their progress since the cameras left.

So make sure not to miss one such revelation when the Grand Design team travel back to Hackney and catch up on the progress of John and Eleni’s Victorian terraced house on Grand Designs Revisited, screening Monday, December 22nd at 7:30pm on 3.

Monday, December 15th at 7:30pm

Presenting the Grand Designs series is a “dream ticket” for designer Kevin McCloud, who hosts the latest instalment with Grand Designs Revisited, premiering on Monday, December 15th at 7.30pm.

Grand Designs Revisited takes a fresh look at some of the building projects from past series to see what progress they’ve made since and how they look now. Included in the line-up is the 19th Century Sandstone House, which was bought as a ruin in amongst the tower blocks of Edinburgh and converted by a couple, Rueben and April, who had no building or restoration experience.

Also featured is the Terrace Conversion in Hackney, the Violin Factory in Waterloo, the Woodsman’s Cottage in Sussex and the Sliding Glass Roof House, London.

McCloud, who runs his own product design practice as well as writing and presenting all the Grand Designs series, says the programme has personal relevance for him. “The most important piece of architecture any of us will ever experience is the home we live in. If Grand Designs can do anything, it can at least raise the level of our awareness and especially our expectations of the quality of the buildings we live in,” he says.

Taking this a step further, McCloud has joined forces with HAB (Happiness, Architecture, Beauty) Housing in the United Kingdom to help develop a community eco-housing scheme which will be “a  pleasure to live in and sustainable in the broadest sense”.

The initiative will develop two sites of between 150 and 200 environmentally friendly homes and will subsequently measure the effects of good design on people’s lives. 

“Our aim is not to create ring-fenced ghettos but to focus on the social and physical relationships between HAB projects and the wider community to bring tangible improvements to both,” McCloud told U.K’s Channel 4.

In the meantime catch Kevin and Grand Designs Revisited which will be premiering on Monday, December 15th at 7.30pm only on 3.