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Grand Designs - Specials

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1  Revisited - Sunderland: The Former Electricity Sub-Station

When Kevin met Anne and Richard in 2000, they were about to embark on the ambitious task of converting a disused electricity substation in Sunderland into a family home. (from Grand Designs Indoors)

Air Date: 2003-03-22

2  Revisited - Tuscany: The Tuscan Castle

Kevin McCloud revisits Janne and Howard and their ongoing conversion of a derelict 1,000-year-old castle in Tuscany. (from Grand Designs Abroad)

Air Date: 2004-10-13

3  Revisited - Puglia: Masseria Impisi, An Artists Retreat

Puglia, in Italy’s deep south, where the country's heel rounds to the foot’s arch, is a land of shimmering heat, olive groves and artists’ dreams. It is also the place where artists, like David Westby and Leone (Leo) Witton, became hard-working artisans to turn a derelict olive farm into a Roman country estate – despite the worst obstructions of Italian bureaucracy and with very little money. (from Grand Designs Abroad)

Air Date: 2008-02-27

4  Revisited - Lot: House From Straw

Kevin McCloud returns to see the Sampson family in France. (from Grand Designs Abroad)

Air Date: 2010-12-01

5  The Great British Property Scandal Special: Kevin's Grand Design Part 1

This special episode follows Kevin as he begins on an epic adventure to create his very own Grand Design.

Air Date: 2011-12-07

6  The Great British Property Scandal Special: Kevin's Grand Design Part 2

Kevin continues in his epic battle to build his very own Grand Design of visionary homes. But as the schedule slips residents start to grumble. As part of the Great British Property Scandal Kevin McCloud tries to prove that it shouldn't cost any more to build homes that are a lot nicer to live in. As he nears the end of the his five-year project to build beautiful, affordable, eco homes for the same price as low cost social housing, Kevin has become convinced that good design can help us live happier, more sociable lives. In an extraordinary social experiment, Kevin wants to create a new kind of development, where neighbours share vegetable gardens, grow fruit trees and look after their own central village green. So Kevin and his partners start team-building exercises to get private and council tenants working together. But has Kevin done enough to sow the seeds of a strong community? And more importantly what will people think of his visionary homes?

Air Date: 2011-12-15

9  Revisited - Customised German Kit House

Checking on the progress of a couple, Greta and David Iredale, with a building background who replaced the timber house they designed themselves more than 40 years ago with a Huf Haus that was constructed by an efficient German construction team in just six days. Kevin McCloud finds out how successful the pair were in personalising the inside of the property.

Air Date: 2008-03-12

10  Revisited - The Victorian Threshing Barn

Kevin McCloud returns to a Surrey village, where brain tumour sufferer Philip Trail and his wife Angela created a high-spec contemporary house in the shell of a barn. The design involved two bedroom pods connected by a walkway, leaving an open-plan living space between. Five years on, the presenter discovers whether the couple have managed to turn the building into a relaxing family home.

Air Date: 2008-03-19

11  Revisited - The Underground House

Kevin McCloud revisits Helen Gould and Phil Reddy five years after they built an earth-sheltered home in Cumbria. The presenter finds out if the house has survived without leakage and whether it has delivered the eco-friendly life the couple desired.

Air Date: 2008-03-26

12  The Hi Tech Bungalow

In Maidstone, Jean and Bill Letley, a septuagenarian couple plan a highly contemporary bungalow complete with underfloor heating and prototype steel foundations. The project would test even the most accomplished workmen, but is left to their daughter and son-in-law, who have little building experience and have to make personal sacrifices.

Air Date: 2008-04-02

13  The Brighton Modern Mansion

Barry Surtees, a self-made property developer, his wife Julie and their teenage children live in a large comfortable house in Brighton's most moneyed suburb. Barry decides to build a four storey modern mansion, complete with pool, gym, artist's studio, fantasy bedroom and Japanese roof garden.

Air Date: 2009-04-08

14  Revisited - The Thatched Cottage

Cheryl and Alex Reay

Air Date: 2009-04-15

15  Revisited - The Loch House

In 2005, businessman Jim Fairfull and his wife Simone set out to build a glass pavilion by a loch in Scotland. Jim was suffering from a stress-related disease and hoped that living in a tranquil setting might cure him of his condition. But there is nothing calm about the process of building; and with such a beautiful location, it was a challenge to find a design that would do it justice and appease local planners. Kevin catches up with the couple to see how their build was getting on.

Air Date: 2009-04-22

16  Revisited (2) - The Woodsmans Cottage

For 10 years, woodsman Ben Law fought for planning permission to build himself a house in the heart of the woods where he worked. But there was a condition attached: he could never sell the house; only pass it on to his successor. Ben wanted his home to be totally self-sufficient with no mains services, and decided to build it using only materials from the woods, using techniques pretty similar to those used a thousand years ago. Kevin catches up with Ben to see how he and his house are doing.

Air Date: 2009-04-29

17  Revisited - The Beach House - East Devon

18  Revisited - The Brittany Ground house

Kevin returns to see how Daren Howarth and Adi Nortje's project has fared four years after they decided to build an earth-sheltered home in Brittany.

Air Date: 2010-11-17

19  Revisited - The Glass & Timber House

Kevin returns to see whether Bill Bradley has completed the work on his two timber houses in south London.

Air Date: 2010-11-24

20  Revisited - A 21st Century Answer to the Roman Villa

Six years after his first visit, Kevin returns to see how the O'Hare's fared with their split-level home cascading down a practically vertical hillside in Belfast.

Air Date: 2010-12-01

21  Revisited - House from Straw

Kevin McCloud returns to see the Sampson family in France.

Air Date: 2010-12-08

22  Revisited (2) - The Water Tower

Over ten years ago, as one of Grand Design's first projects, Andrew Tate and Deborah Mills found a site with a monstrous, dilapidated, 100 foot tall water tower on it. Unusually, they saw it as the perfect spot to build a contemporary family home and convert the old water tower into a seven-storey bedroom wing. Andrew is a commercial architect and so the modern new build went up in just four months, using fast-track methods alongside unconventional building materials. However, things were not so easy when it came to the three feet thick water tower: a doorway they expected to be made in two days, took two weeks. Kevin went back to see Andrew and Deborah three years after they had moved into their contemporary extension, but they had still made no progress on the water tower, and were living with minimal bedroom space. Now Kevin returns again to see if the water tower conversion has finally happened, and if their dream home has worked out just as they envisaged all that time ago

Air Date: 2010-12-08

23  Revisited - The Lime Kiln House

Kevin returns to see how Pru and Richard Irvine fared one-and-a-half years after they began building their bespoke home in the Midlothian countryside.

Air Date: 2010-12-15

Grand Designs

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