Grand Designs Reviews & Ratings

Wednesdays, 4:00 PM ET on Channel 4

60 minutes

Kevin McCloud creates unusual and often elaborate architectural homebuilding projects.
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Nov 6, 2018 10:27AM EST
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GRAND DESIGNS - SEASON FOUR

I happened upon Grand Designs on Channel 4 when it started. I had been half-heartedly watching house makeover, house selling, house buying and house investing shows, and getting progressivly more bored of them. Imports like "Home Makeover: Extreme edition" were the tipping point of ridiculousness, but before they were imported to the UK, Grand Designs appeared.
Instead of the silly time limits and often miniscule budgets. Instead of the amateur or loony design advice, Grand Designs offered usually well thought out plans, reasonable timescales and lofty ambitions in both lifestyle and architecture. It demonstrated that it is still possible to film open ended projects and broadcast whatever results they produce. It isn't necessary to do everything inside of a week, or on a pointless budget. The houses built in Grand Designs are built to last, built to the highest standards.
Apart from that refreshing change, the show is usually beautifully filmed, well researched and although it's stars are often infuriating or baffling, Kevin McCloud guides us through with enthusiasm and honesty. The key point about the projects featured is there sense of adventure, some unique aspect to their planning or goals that set them apart from the dull residences that spring up from foundations every day. The show's willingness to broadcast a worth project even if it is left unfinished is admirable and only adds to the reality of housebuilding that the program tries to convey.

GRAND DESIGNS - SEASON FOUR

I happened upon Grand Designs on Channel 4 when it started. I had been half-heartedly watching house makeover, house selling, house buying and house investing shows, and getting progressivly more bored of them. Imports like "Home Makeover: Extreme edition" were the tipping point of ridiculousness, but before they were imported to the UK, Grand Designs appeared.
Instead of the silly time limits and often miniscule budgets. Instead of the amateur or loony design advice, Grand Designs offered usually well thought out plans, reasonable timescales and lofty ambitions in both lifestyle and architecture. It demonstrated that it is still possible to film open ended projects and broadcast whatever results they produce. It isn't necessary to do everything inside of a week, or on a pointless budget. The houses built in Grand Designs are built to last, built to the highest standards.
Apart from that refreshing change, the show is usually beautifully filmed, well researched and although it's stars are often infuriating or baffling, Kevin McCloud guides us through with enthusiasm and honesty. The key point about the projects featured is there sense of adventure, some unique aspect to their planning or goals that set them apart from the dull residences that spring up from foundations every day. The show's willingness to broadcast a worth project even if it is left unfinished is admirable and only adds to the reality of housebuilding that the program tries to convey.

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Jul 22, 2017 11:56AM EDT
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The buildings they creat eon this show are amazing! Architects and builders with such grand dreams and aspirations, it really is inspiring to see people so positive about architecture and creating their personal family home. The building projects often take forever (sometimes spanning a couple of seasons of the show) but the stunning end reveals are superb to look at.

Host Kevin McCloud is brilliant and his gentle advice, eye for detail and rousing hearty speeches each episode keep me tuning in!

The buildings they creat eon this show are amazing! Architects and builders with such grand dreams and aspirations, it really is inspiring to see people so positive about architecture and creating their personal family home. The building projects often take forever (sometimes spanning a couple of seasons of the show) but the stunning end reveals are superb to look at.

Host Kevin McCloud is brilliant and his gentle advice, eye for detail and rousing hearty speeches each episode keep me tuning in!

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Apr 30, 2016 6:17AM EDT
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Its amazing the type of houses they create!!!!

Its amazing the type of houses they create!!!!

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Oct 16, 2014 7:18PM EDT
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i'm kind of sick of this show

i'm kind of sick of this show