The most unusual Grand Designs TV houses

Every Grand Designs TV house is amazing in its own right but we’ve managed to pick out some of the more quirky that have appeared on our screens over the years.

By Gemma Parkes | 24 January 2018

These memorable Grand Designs TV houses feature unexpected materials and unique design ideas.

Lifeboat House Grand Designs

Image: Chris Tubbs

During the show’s 18 year run, there have been plenty of amazing self build projects of different styles and build types to marvel over.

Despite the diversity of each unique TV house, they’re all bound by a common driving force – the perseverance and willpower of the self-builders who take a huge leap of faith to see their dream through to reality. Here’s a reminder of some of the most memorable Grand Designs TV houses.

Damien Hirst houseboat renovation, Series 1, 2001

Damien Hirst Houseboat renovation featured on grand designs as a TV house

Image: James Balston

The Signe Maria was a dilapidated houseboat moored on the Thames at Chelsea. The renovation cost £160,000 plus the cost of the dry dock essential for restoration and refitting. The revamped interior includes banquettes and reconfigured furniture and is decorated in a laid-back nautical style.

Timber-clad hillside home, Series 17, 2017

malvern hillside self build tv house rfeatured on grand designs series17

Image: Chris Tubbs

This low-energy home on a challenging sloping site in Malvern, Worcestershire was built using Insulating Concrete formwork. Proving difficult to find the specialist structural engineers and builders the project required, the build cost £600,000 and took three years.

House of Fun, Series 17, 2016

Fun House Grand Designs

Image: Matt Chisnall

Costing £880,000, this brick and zinc barn-style extension was added to a 19th-century gamekeeper’s lodge and took 18 months to build. The size of the extension is 421sqm (the existing cottage is 110sqm).

Converted Cave Home, Series 16, 2015

Cave House Conversion Grand Designs

Image: Andrew Wall

This abandoned 62sqm property cost £100,000 to renovate and took nine months. Plus, it’s even available to rent as a holiday home.