Grand Designs

TV3_Grand Designs New Zealand_Chris Moller_01This was announced last week at their new season launch so sending out this press release today must mean that it got lost in the excitement of The Bachelor New Zealand and their nabbing of Masterchef New Zealand.

MediaWorks TV is delighted to announce award-winning architect and urbanist Chris Moller will host the upcoming TV3 series Grand Designs New Zealand.

The series, which is part of the internationally successful Grand Designs format, will be on-air in 2015 and will tell the stories of creative and enterprising Kiwis who are determined to build their ultimate dream home. The programme will follow the process of these incredible building projects from the initial blueprints, through to the long and often arduous task of turning the plans into practical living spaces. Continue reading »

7:30pm – Thursday, March 15 on TV 3

Grand Designs UK, the series which follows self builders as they create their dream homes in amazing landscapes across the UK continues its latest season on Thursday, March 15 th at 7:30pm on 3. This week sees series presenter, Kevin McCloud follow the conversion of a large, Grade II-listed timber-framed barn in Essex into a family home and work-space by artists Freddie Robbins and Ben Coode-Adams.

The Freddie and Ben’s plans involve few interior walls to display their collection of toys, but at seven times the size of an average three-bedroom house, the transformation of the 500-year-old building could provide extremely challenging.

But despite the project’s challenges, one thing the self builders should not expect is false pity from the “tell it like it is” Grand Designs UK host.

Having trained in both architecture and design, Kevin McCloud has more then earned his right for being able to be more than just a little honest with the Grand Designs UK 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 will Freddie and Ben be able to pull off their home improvement project? Find out when Grand Designs UK screens on Thursday, March 15 th at 7:30pm on 3.

LIVING CHANNEL – Mondays from 11 July, 9pm

Kevin McCloud is back for an eighth series, as he charts the in-depth process of ambitious design projects, from the initial detail of blueprints, to the long and often arduous task of turning designs into practical living space. Kevin will accompany self-builders on their journey to create their dream home, as he offers advice and guidance, and often a sympathetic ear as budgets and schedules inevitably run over.

7:30pm – Sunday, March 27 on TV 3

All New Grand Designs, the Kevin McCloud hosted series which features people attempting to build their dream homes concludes its latest eighth season on Sunday, March 27th at 7:30pm on 3.

A hit with audiences and critics alike, Grand Designs is presented by the “tell it like it is” design expert Kevin McCloud. Having trained in both architecture and design, McCloud has more than 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,” McCloud continues. “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.”

McCloud was born in Bedfordshire, UK and grew up in a quasi-hippy 60s household – and, perhaps unsurprisingly, his father built their house.

“They’re both [McCloud’s parents] from Yorkshire, from extremely modest backgrounds. But they were both doers. My dad built our house and my mother decorated it, on a shoestring.

“The kitchen table always had a machine in pieces on it – TV, a car engine or a motorbike gearbox. I grew up making things, tearing them apart and rebuilding them.”

Using the experience he has gained since childhood, to date McCloud and the team have 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 glass-roofed houses.

However this week’s plan to extend a 1980s dome house overlooking Lake Windermere will be a first for the design guru. So how will he handle the challenge? Find out when All New Grand Designs concludes on Sunday, March 27th at 7:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Sunday, March 6 on TV 3

All New Grand Designs, the Kevin McCloud hosted series which features people attempting to build their dream homes continues its latest eighth season on Sunday, March 6th at 7:30pm on 3.

The series gives an unparalleled insight into how elaborate and complicated design concepts work in practice and the sometimes very emotional journey taken by the homeowners to achieve their dream.

Even though the series has been running for eight seasons, McCloud insists there’s only been one project which he felt less then passionate about. Viewers may remember the episode featuring a pretty hideous houseboat in Kent, and they may also recall that McCloud didn’t hold back on his criticism of the project.

“It was actually a very good, watchable episode, but a terrible piece of architecture,” he says.

It’s this sort of honesty that viewers enjoy about Grand Designs and McCloud’s presenting style. But he insists that he gets no joy out of being derogatory about a project into which a contributor has put their life and soul, and usually all their money, and tries to avoid it at all costs.

“We’ve pretty well always chosen projects that I like, because what’s the point of making a show about something you don’t like? I want to do something positive and celebratory.”

“Architecture affects other people, so we should be building good stuff and Grand Designs should be showing good, exemplary buildings,” he continues.

“It’s a very negative experience to make programmes that are critical and cynical and that denigrate and it’s very difficult when you build relationships with people to then stand in front of them and slag their project off.”

Kevin says the relationship he builds up with participants on the show is like that between a counsellor and a client, in that he has to listen to all of their problems during the build, often soothing worries and trying to help.

“I’m like a psychotherapist!” he says. “Once or twice I’ve given contributors my phone number, and that’s always been a mistake because they end up ringing me up and carrying on the same conversation about their under-floor heating system and I think, ‘Let’s move on shall we?'”

But what will his thoughts be on this week’s attempted conversions of two timber framed barns? Find out when All New Grand Designs continues its latest season on Sunday, March 6th at 7:30pm on 3.

7:30pm – Sunday, February 6 on TV 3

Presented by Kevin McCloud, All New Grand Designs, premiering Sunday, February 6th at 7:30pm on 3, follows self builders as they create their dream homes in amazing landscapes across the UK.

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.

“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 charts the in-depth process of 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 ambitious and difficult design concepts work out in practice. Follow the progress of houses with unforeseen complications and no stretch in the budget. Explore the design detail, and chart the changes and compromises that happen along the way.

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

In this week’s season premiere titled “The Tree House”, McCloud follows a couple who have chosen to build their own dream home on the Isle of Wight, away from the hustle and bustle of London.

But how will this ambitious project work in reality? Find out when we follow the building’s progress through the doubts, delays, frustrations and challenges of building a grand design in All New Grand Designs, premiering on Sunday, February 6th at 7:30pm on 3.

LIVING CHANNEL – Mondays from 8 March, 9pm

Presented by design expert Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs returns for a new series of ambitious design projects. From the initial detail of blueprints, to the long and often arduous task of turning designs into practical living space, Kevin will accompany self-builders on their journey to create their dream home. He offers advice and guidance, and often a sympathetic ear as budgets and schedules inevitably run over.

7:30pm – Monday, July 6 on TV 3

Presented by Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs, premiering Saturday, July 6th at 7:30pm on 3, follows self builders as they create their dream homes in amazing landscapes across the UK.

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.

“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 charts the in-depth process of 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 ambitious and difficult design concepts work out in practice. Follow the progress of houses with unforeseen complications and no stretch in the budget. Explore the design detail, and chart the changes and compromises that happen along the way.

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

In this week’s season premiere titled “The Kit House, Bath”, McCloud follows a couple who have chosen Georgian architecture famous Bath as the location to build themselves a striking Modernist home, just a mile from the city centre.

But rather than go down the traditional building route, the couple opt for a German pre-fabricated kit house with great green credentials.

How will this ambitions project work in reality? Find out when we follow the building’s progress through the doubts, delays, frustrations and challenges of building a grand design on Grand Designs, premiering Saturday, July 6th at 7:30pm on 3.

Presented by design expert Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs charts the in-depth process of ambitious design projects, from the initial detail of blueprints, to the long and often arduous task of turning designs into practical living space. Kevin will accompany self-builders on their journey to create their dream home, as he offers advice and guidance, and often a sympathetic ear as budgets and schedules inevitably run over.

Mondays from 3 March, 8.35pm on Living Channel

Channel Premiere: Grand Designs Trade Secrets

The Living Channel – Monday 5 November, 9.00pm

Join Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud as he takes you behind the scenes of the popular design series. Kevin is joined by interior design guru Naomi Cleaver and award-winning architect Deborah Saunt as they deliver essential advice on how to create a dream home.