10 most memorable Grand Designs TV houses

We round up the most amazing, unique and memorable Grand Designs TV houses ever featured.

By Karen Stylianides | 12 March 2019

Take a look at these inspiring projects that highlight the willingness of Grand Designers to push the boundaries of construction and design to the limit.

The exterior of award winning Grand Designs TV house in Lewes East Sussex on River Ouse, photo by Matt Chisnall

Image: Matt Chisnall

Superlatives abound when it comes to describing each and every one of the 100-plus projects that have appeared on our screens over the past two decades.

They are all examples of homebuilding obstacles faced and solutions found, of ingenuity, grit and determination, of homemaking dreams realised – sometimes against seemingly insurmountable odds.

This selection of some of the most ambitious buildings demonstrates what can happen when there’s a passion to create something exceptional.

1. Cost effective construction

A house built out of shipping containers in County Londonderry in Northern Ireland, photo by Aiden Monaghan

Image: Aiden Monaghan

With a limited budget, architect Patrick Bradley used shipping containers to create the frame of his three-bedroom house in County Derry, Northern Ireland.

‘I always design and build with a quantity surveyor so I know the cost down to the last screw but when we priced up the plans, I couldn’t afford to progress with a conventional build method,’ he explained.

The containers were stacked in a cruciform arrangement, which required a steel skeleton to support the weakest point.

Sunk behind a small mound of earth, the majority of the 115-square-metre property, which cost £130,000 to build, is invisible from the front. Metal cladding defines its two levels, with Corten steel for the ground-floor bedrooms and bathrooms and grey metal mesh for the first-floor living space. First aired September 2014.