Take a sneak peek at the Grand Designs TV Houses featured in 2019's Grand Designs on Channel 4 airing in Autumn.

It’s 20 years since the first Grand Designers allowed us into their worlds of mud, sweat and inspiration, launching a national phenomenon. Before the new series of Grand Designs airs, we meet some of the upcoming home-building heroes.

Clifftop setting

A clifftop self build TV home in Galloway, Scotland featuring in Grand designs 2019 on Channel 4, hosted by Kevin McCloud


  • LOCATION Galloway, Scotland
  • GRAND DESIGNERS Andy Stakes and Jeanette Hardy, 55 and 50
  • PROPERTY TYPE Single-storey house
  • SIZE 190sqm BUDGET £380,000
  • PLOT COST £120,000 (with planning permission)
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Holdgate Consulting Engineers
  • PLANNING STAGE ARCHITECTS Robert Potter & Partners  

Perched high on the rugged Galloway cliffs, this single-storey home offers a series of glass-fronted boxes with spectacular views over the Irish Sea. The concrete shell is wrapped in a rubberised waterproof membrane and buried in earth, minimising the building’s impact on the landscape and providing an extra layer of insulation.

The site was originally occupied by an old military listening station, which sailing enthusiasts Andy Stakes and Jeanette Hardy just happened to spot for sale while on holiday, walking their two sea-loving Newfoundland dogs, Nemo and Jess.

Horseshoe farmhouse

West Suffolk tv house featuring in 2019's grand designs tv show on Channel 4, hosted by Kevin McCloud, Edward McCann Architecture and Design

Image: Edward McCann Architecture and Design

  • LOCATION West Suffolk
  • GRAND DESIGNERS Toby and Libby Leeming, both 37
  • PROPERTY TYPE Single-storey courtyard house
  • BEDROOMS 4, plus 2-bed annexe
  • BATHROOMS 3, plus 2 bathroom annexe
  • SIZE 370sqm BUDGET £530,000 build cost
  • PLOT COST £250,000
  • ARCHITECT Edward McCann Architects (edwardmccann.studio)

Recovery from serious illness has been the impetus for Toby and wife Libby to seize the moment and build their own home for their young family. The concept is a horseshoe arrangement of buildings, linked by walkways, set around an ancient oak tree.

Wheelchair-friendly barn

Barn style self build grand designs tv house featuring in the 2019 show on Channel 4, hosted by Kevin McCloud, copyright Araam Tehrani

Image: Araam Tehrani

  • GRAND DESIGNERS Mark and Penny Butler, 50 and 48
  • PROPERTY TYPE Two-storey house
  • BUDGET £600,000 PLOT COST Already owned
  • DESIGNER ArchiWildish (archiwildish.co.uk), original designs and planning submission

An empty corrugated-steel barn in the open countryside was the inspiration for a stylish family home that’s fully accessible for wheelchair user Mark Butler. A spacious interior with wide doorways, ramps, retractable pocket doors, level access throughout and low worksurfaces is designed on a scale suitable for a wheelchair, while a lift will allow Mark to travel easily between floors. Although the original agricultural building has been demolished, its replacement pays homage with steel and Accoya timber cladding.

Connected drums

lincolnshire grand designs tv house featuring in the 2019 Grand Designs show hosted by Kevin McCloud, airing on channel 4

Image: Fiona Walker-Arnott

  • LOCATION Lincolnshire
  • GRAND DESIGNERS Paul and Amy Wilkinson, 46 and 39
  • PROPERTY TYPE Timber-framed, two-storey detached house
  • SIZE 411sqm
  • BUDGET £1.2 million approx
  • PLOT COST £140,000
  • ARCHITECT Robert Lowe (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Traditional Celtic roundhouses inspired property developers Paul and Amy Wilkinson’s lakeside home, which is essentially a series of interlocking drums. The complex timber-framed superstructure, comprised of 117 laminated wooden posts and beams and 153 curved external panels, was prefabricated off-site to exacting measurements.

Sunken site

CAD of Hull Grand Designs TV house featuring in 2019's Channel 4 show, copyright Richard Bennett

Image: Richard Bennett

  • GRAND DESIGNERS Richard Bennett and Feli Böhm, 55 and 45
  • PROPERTY TYPE Split-level single-storey courtyard house
  • BEDROOMS 3, plus 3 multipurpose rooms
  • BATHROOMS 5 SIZE 415sqm
  • BUDGET £150,000 PLOT COST £98,500
  • DESIGNER Richard Bennett, with support from Richard Addenbrook, Sense of  Space Architects (senseofspace-update.net)

A decommissioned reservoir provides the sunken site for Richard Bennett and Feli Böhm’s courtyard home, the retaining walls a ready-made, insulating enclosure.

But designing and building the house themselves – an endeavour that began in 2013 – has meant the couple have had to pause work several times, thwarted by illness and challenges such as the risky removal of the reservoir’s roof. A lesson in how to keep chasing your dream.


The new series of Grand Designs is on Channel 4 from September; and don’t miss Kevin McCloud’s special anniversary programme this autumn. Features on each TV house will be published in Grand Designs magazine. Subscribe here to not miss one.


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