"Grand Designs" on TV

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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby Andyfteeze » Sat Nov 15, 2014 10:16 am

I just love watching this show. The houses are amazing pieces of working art, but the people are totally NUTS. If your an aspiring billionaire, I can understand, but For most of the people building these grand designs, its a financial nightmare.
I just cant understand the logic of the bureaucrats. What do they want, everyone to live in Sherwood Forest? :lol:
Look, listen and learn. Dont underestimate the costs. Keep it simple, the costs are in the detail. Spend more time on initial planning and no time in changes later.
Dont go to very esoteric materials. They cost a hell of a lot more and require specialists to install. Quality materials are readily available these days.

Also know your limitations. Some people should never ever pickup a hammer. :lol:
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby MGV12 » Sat Nov 15, 2014 12:14 pm

Andyfteeze wrote: Some people should never ever pickup a hammer. :lol:


None of our members would of course :wink: as that would be breaking the law ... protected occupations and all that :roll:

However trained/skilled we are we must leave all that to the local 'construction workers' ... unfortunately some of whom should also never ever pick up a hammer! :P

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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby Roger Ramjet » Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:47 pm

I actually like Grand Designs, two of them in particular, and both featuring the British host. His cheap and affordable aesthetic housing scheme that took months to get approval for, nearly caused the BBC Pension Fund to go broke making all the "minor adjustments" to the plans after they were built because they had major flaws (teach him to get a cheap, mean and nasty firm of architects) and the last one I watched where he built, out of recycled materials, his ideal bolt hole..... then blew-up his previous bolt hole (garden shed). At least he used a real expert to blow-up the store bought garden shed. Both are available on Youtube and the best part of the second one is he makes himself a parody of himself.
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby MGV12 » Wed Dec 24, 2014 8:26 pm

I will go with Kevin on this one and really enjoyed the build [in a sadistic sort of way] as an example of how someone, who is clever in their own field, can really mess up a well-conceived project by meddling. And yet... the advantage of being eccentric is that it always likes right to you; and why shouldn't it? As often mentioned on this forum "It's my money and so ......."



My regard for Kevin McCloud is however somewhat diminished by this ... unless it's tongue-in-cheek:


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