To mark the 20th anniversary of Grand Designs, Kevin McCloud took a look at his top 5 builds over the 20 years of filming in a one-off show, Kevin's Grandest Design.

Kevin McCloud looking into distance in the countryside, hosting Kevin's Grandest Designs tv show set to air on August 28th 2019

Image: Boundless/Channel 4

With Grand Designs celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, a special commemorative one-off show, Kevin's Grandest Design, aired prior to the start of the brand new series on Wednesday 28th August at 9pm on Channel 4. 

In the celebratory episode, stalwart host of Grand Designs and and our editor-at large Kevin McCloud, reveals a closely guarded secret - his top five buildings from over the years. In revisiting the buildings and the people that have inspired him most, Kevin ruminates on what makes a truly great Grand Designs project, while revelling in the brilliant architectural mix of inspiring homes.

Kevin McCloud said: “It is a marvel to think that it’s been 20 years since we started on this journey of architectural discovery. So we made this retro episode to celebrate some of my most-loved houses from over the years. It’s been a privilege to revisit friends and favourites.

“I’m still excited by the experience of filming both the process and the completion of the remarkable projects we cover, I get inspired, more than ever, by good architecture and I remain agog and admiring of the human energy, vision and commitment of our Grand Designers. Long may they continue to build and long may we continue to film them."

Filled with the usual mix of high drama, determination, despair and of course enduring optimism, Kevin’s Grandest Design kickstarted the return of Grand Designs, with all the architectural marvels, tight budgets, human foibles and extraordinary accomplishments on show. Make sure you catch up on this one-off show to see the amazing self builds he's chosen. 

You can watch the special 20th anniversary episode here.


Will you be tuning in? Let us know your favourite build by tweeting us @granddesigns or posting a comment on our Facebook page.



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