Grand Designs TV house inspired by Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Take a look around the Ferris Bueller's Day Off-inspired house featured on the second episode of the 2018 series of Channel 4's Grand Designs, hosted by Kevin McCloud.

By Gemma Parkes | 24 September 2018

Snoop inside Harry and Briony Anscombe’s American modernist Grand Designs house, a tribute to the 1980s cult film.

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Image: Mark Bolton

The second episode of the 2018 series of Channel 4’s Grand Designs followed Harry and Briony Anscombe, a couple who – after dedicating their lives to telling stories through film – have created a screenplay of their own story through their dream home.

With their three children, Harry and Briony relocated from London to North Cornwall to build an architecturally ambitious five-bedroom house. The design of the build is heavily inspired by the American modernist house Harry saw in the cult ’80s film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

All floating steel and glass, Harry, by his own admission, became “obsessed” with living somewhere just like it. He also wanted to emulate the positive work-life balance and lifestyle the family experienced in California.

Here are just some of the design ideas inspired by American culture the couple have incorporated into their self-build project – which you could try yourself.

Vibrant tiles

Grand Designs TV house from episode 2 series 2018, Padstow Cornwall with blue tile bathroom tv-houses-granddesignsmagazine.com

Image: Mark Bolton

All the bathrooms in the house feature vibrant handmade tiles from Bert & May.