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Old 07-04-2006, 13:01   #21
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anyone think it would have been better if they put the house in the centre of the loch instead?

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Old 07-04-2006, 15:35   #22
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Thought the house didn't sit well in the location. Agree with most of the other comments about the house being child unfriendly. The aquarium was disgraceful. Radio Times said the couple were lovely, but they just seemed self centred to me.

actually with respect, why does every house have to be child friendly ? For those of us without kids, it is nice to see an 'adult' house without every concession being made for little persons. My own apartment will be extremely unchild friendly, lots of gadgets, sharp edges, glassware, hard marble surfaces and pointy trendy object d'art.

I didn't think the house featured this week was that spectacular either, but it was a good effort considering the limitations that the local regs had put on the exterior of the house.

I also think that aquariums are always naff looking in domestic settings, they are also nearly impossible to keep clean.
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Old 07-04-2006, 15:53   #23
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It was quite empty when they first looked at it and all the way through construction
They kept the plug pulled!
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Old 07-04-2006, 16:05   #24
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actually with respect, why does every house have to be child friendly ? For those of us without kids, it is nice to see an 'adult' house without every concession being made for little persons. My own apartment will be extremely unchild friendly, lots of gadgets, sharp edges, glassware, hard marble surfaces and pointy trendy object d'art.

I didn't think the house featured this week was that spectacular either, but it was a good effort considering the limitations that the local regs had put on the exterior of the house.

I also think that aquariums are always naff looking in domestic settings, they are also nearly impossible to keep clean.
Fair enough if you don't have kids - our house isnt child friendly because it doesn't have to be. But considering they do, it was a bit strange that they designed the house in the way they did. Especially as they had another baby on the way.
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Old 07-04-2006, 21:41   #25
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He dodged the money questions every time but seeing as they gave a build budget of £500k and said they’d paid through the nose for the site it’s not difficult to see how delays, extras and interiors would have bumped the total cost up to nearer a Million.

Somewhat dull exterior and a cold inside. Looked much better at night and of course the location was to die for.

Another vote here for a revisit to Ribena Man’s Cloud Cuckoo House.
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Old 08-04-2006, 17:58   #26
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When I read the programme blurb about a loch I thought they meant one big enough to hide a monster, not an oversize pond that you couldn't even submerge a stolen ford escort in

They said the loch was man-made, and it looked like it to me, with those big banked sides where they had dumped the spoil.

I thought the house sucked tbh, something so much better could have been built there; I don't know what, but then if I did I'd become an architect. But the views of the mountains around was awesome. I hope their rubbishy Barratt Home clone house doesn't spoil the view of the location from around the area

The staircase was a waste of money, I'm sure it's mega toughened glass and all, and he's got a spare step stashed away (where? There's no cupboard under the stairs ), but sooner or later someone's going to drop a hammer or suitcase down there or something and take a chip out of one of the edges. Reckon they'd be a bitch to keep clean and looking good too.

I'm never too bothered about the ones where the people are megaloaded. The best episodes for me are where they do something clever with an old building to give it a second use, on a budget, or episodes like the one where he built a really cool house (with the sliding glass roof) on the tiniest patch of land ever ... again clever and visionary.

Why did they go on about the bloke's illness so much? It was mentioned every three minutes but he didn't look too ill to me. Yeah I feel sorry for him as I know people with bowel diseases (I think that's what they said he had?) but I don't need reminding of it every three minutes. Was their mentioning this supposed to excuse the house being rubbish?

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Old 09-04-2006, 15:47   #27
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I thought the house sucked tbh, something so much better could have been built there; I don't know what, but then if I did I'd become an architect. But the views of the mountains around was awesome. I hope their rubbishy Barratt Home clone house doesn't spoil the view of the location from around the area
I think they were limited by local planning rules weren't they?


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'm never too bothered about the ones where the people are megaloaded. The best episodes for me are where they do something clever with an old building to give it a second use, on a budget, or episodes like the one where he built a really cool house (with the sliding glass roof) on the tiniest patch of land ever ... again clever and visionary.
Best one for me was the young couple who renovated the water works building, and spent weeks chipping the old plaster off the walls. Anyone else remember that one? they chopped an old mini up to convert into a desk
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Old 09-04-2006, 20:15   #28
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Why did they go on about the bloke's illness so much? It was mentioned every three minutes but he didn't look too ill to me. Yeah I feel sorry for him as I know people with bowel diseases (I think that's what they said he had?) but I don't need reminding of it every three minutes. Was their mentioning this supposed to excuse the house being rubbish?
I was thinking the same thing.

Money no real object, no time constraints, no major cock-ups, no exciting engineering works or exterior architecure
Nice enough house, but apart from the view, it didn't seem a very interesting project.

Never understood people wanting loads of glass walls - not very private and costs a bomb to heat.


Water works the best one so far for me too.
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Old 28-02-2007, 22:38   #29
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How amazing was that building tonight? That is up there with the water works as one of the most impressive restoration works I have seen on Grand Designs.

Those two people (and the Stone Masons) are heroes for doing that work. I can't believe the amount of red tape they had to go through with English Heritage for a building that was going to fall down. It's a bit pathetic that he had to pay upwards of £20K for an archeologist to come on site and check the place, surely heritage should pay for that.

Fair play to them for persevering though, they have an absolutely amazingly beautiful house now.

Also I wanted to see Kevin as the CEO of Heritage why they are making this guy go through so much when the building would have fallen down in a few years had he not come in.

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Old 28-02-2007, 22:44   #30
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Indeed. An awesome result. I loved the "proper castle" battlements, and the authentic stone archways!

Did they say how much it cost altogether? The bloke must be LOADED!
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Indeed. An awesome result. I loved the "proper castle" battlements, and the authentic stone archways!

Did they say how much it cost altogether? The bloke must be LOADED!
£750,000 in total and it's not finished.
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Old 28-02-2007, 22:48   #32
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Bah, couldn't someone have bumped the thread before it aired?

I'll set the Sky+ for the More4 repeat.

As an aside, the waterworks ep is on on Friday on Discovery RealTime.

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Old 28-02-2007, 22:51   #33
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BaAh, couldn't someone have bumped the thread before it aired?
'tis repeated 22:00 tomorrow on More 4 ... and no doubt infinite more times on Saturday afternoons in a couple of months
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Old 28-02-2007, 23:49   #34
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Great job tonight I thought - I was thinking of Lutyens all the way though and then I was ousted from my position of personal smugness when they namedropped him anyway.

When I see some of the houses that go for £500-600k around here, I think he got one hell of a property and views for circa £750k!

Out of curiousity, can anyone tell me where it was with a little more detail? I missed the first 20 minutes or so and all I caught was somewhere in the North Yorkshire Dales.
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Trying to work out if a house about 1/2 mile down the road from me is going to be on this series.

Kevin has been seen filming there over the last few months BUT the house is not finished yet (don't know about inside but the landscaping is nowhere near done).
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Old 01-03-2007, 13:22   #36
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I wouldn't be surprised if they film at 20 houses but only 6 actually get used in the series. It would be disastrous if they filmed a specific 6 houses and then the person building it died or something, or ran out of money and gave up, and someone came in to finish the project but wouldn't let Grand Designs in.

Plus some of the projects take 5 years to do so maybe the one near you is for next year's series.
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How amazing was that building tonight? That is up there with the water works as one of the most impressive restoration works I have seen on Grand Designs.
Absolutely fantastic, probably the best one I've seen.

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Those two people (and the Stone Masons) are heroes for doing that work. I can't believe the amount of red tape they had to go through with English Heritage for a building that was going to fall down. It's a bit pathetic that he had to pay upwards of £20K for an archeologist to come on site and check the place, surely heritage should pay for that.
I must admit that I missed the first 20 minuets so missed alot of the red tape stuff. But Kevin said at the end that even just 5 years ago English Heritage would have let the building collapse if it wasn't fully restored and it's only recently that they have started to compromise on this.

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Did they say how much it cost altogether? The bloke must be LOADED!
He did say at the end that his business had been doing extremly well which is why they had been able to keep stretching the budget.
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£750,000 in total and it's not finished.

did they give a market value on it ?
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I thought this was a fantastic restoration project!
I went on the C4 website and I think the house in question is Skipton Castle near .. er .. Skipton, Nth Yorks.

For me the best parts were:



Is it just me or does £750,000 for actually buying the house AND turning it into that masterpeice seem stupidly cheap (for what it is now)???
It must be worth at least double that now, mustn't it?
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I would imagine that place would be worth in the region of 1.5million, yes.
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