7 Grand Designs houses with great views

These houses have some of the most stunning outlooks in the country.

By Hugh Metcalf | 9 February 2021

Feast your eyes on these Grand Designs houses with great views. Each one demonstrates great use of location and orientation in order to frame picture perfect vistas of the landscape.

Ferris Bueller house, Cornwall

Harry and Briony Anscombe took inspiration from the house featured in the iconic 1980s movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for their dramatic self build home in Cornwall.

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Image: Mark Bolton

Much like the home in the film, Harry and Briony’s American Modernist-style house is a steel frame structure, set on the top of a sloping plot. The gradient of the slope provides for spectacular views over the surrounding countryside through vast windows  in each corner of the open plan living space.

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Image: Mark Bolton

Dutch barn self build, Lincolnshire

Nathan and Amye Marshall wanted their barn-inspired home to have a bedroom with a large window framing a view of  the Lincolnshire countryside. Kevin McCloud questioned having such a big window in this private space. Particularly as the bedroom includes an open plan ensuite bathroom. But the room is not overlooked and has sweeping curtains to keep the room darker for longer in the summer. The resulting space is both practical and quite spectacular.

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Image: Andy Haslam