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