These homes have some of the most stunning outlooks in the country
These impressive houses from the Grand Designs TV series all have great views. Each one demonstrates considered use of location and orientation – not to mention masterful glazing – in order to frame the picture-perfect vista.
1. Dutch barn, 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.
2. ‘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. 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. The house was put up for sale in June 2020 for £2.5million.
3. Hux Shard, Exeter
Combining a sci-fi exterior with luxury interiors, this landmark Grand Designs home by Joe and Claire Pinday was no mean feat. Nothing like it has been seen before on the show – or in the tranquil Devon countryside. The shard’s sculptural exterior walls are formed of shard-shaped panels set in a jagged 70m line following the contours of the Huxham hill on which it stands. Inside is just as impressive, with sleek contemporary furniture teamed with hi-spec fixtures and fittings.