"Grand Designs" on TV

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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby fredlk » Fri Sep 23, 2011 9:37 pm

This week's Grand Designs - season 11, episode 2 - was my kind of building, a modern modernist home, built in Oxfordshire. It reminded me a little of Jacque Tati's 1958 "Mon Oncle". :lol:
Most / many / some of you won't like it and there are those who'll hate it, but I thought it amazing.
Granted it cost 77 million Baht to build - the windows cost 10 million - but it is after all England and according to geordie it is really expensive over there. :wink:
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby Nawty » Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:54 am

If you check out the one done in NT Australia a year or 2 ago.....I know the chap very well, he used to work for me many moons ago......he has more than one pet crocodile.
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby fredlk » Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:30 pm

fredlk wrote:This week's Grand Designs - season 11, episode 2 - was my kind of building, a modern modernist home, built in Oxfordshire.

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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby Nawty » Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:18 pm

Just found the one I mentioned above...

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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby fredlk » Sat May 05, 2012 8:43 am

The latest season of Grand Designs Australia is being broadcast and all the houses so far are A$1 million plus. This week's episode was about a house in sub-tropical Cairns and about a house which would fit in well in Thailand, but very very expensive at 38 million Baht :shock: excluding the land which was another 11 million Baht:
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby Nawty » Sat May 05, 2012 6:48 pm

just watched the Brighton beach one in Melbourne.....$3mil to build and $3 mil for the land....crikey....nice but.

I liked the one by the lake and boat marina....recycled materials and under $400k he said for a very unique and interesting build.
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby fredlk » Sat May 05, 2012 7:13 pm

Nawty wrote:just watched the Brighton beach one in Melbourne.....$3mil to build and $3 mil for the land....crikey....nice but.

Quite beautiful I thought but at that price anything should be. Problem there was he was still only 2 metres from his neighbours house and had no view.
Nawty wrote:I liked the one by the lake and boat marina....recycled materials and under $400k he said for a very unique and interesting build.

Almost 13 million Baht and a lot of hard work while built solely by friends and family. This series seems to be either only very rich people or there aren't any builds under a million left to film.
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby fredlk » Fri Mar 21, 2014 2:57 pm

Not Grand Designs, but a new series of 8 programmes called The Art Of The Architect has started on New Zealand's TV ONE.
The first build is an expensive modern house in Auckland.

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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby fredlk » Sat Mar 29, 2014 7:21 am

fredlk wrote:a new series of 8 programmes called The Art Of The Architect has started on New Zealand's TV ONE.

House number 2 yesterday was an obscene, humungous house in Hamilton costing 170 million Thai Baht with a 3.6 metre tall gold front door.
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby fredlk » Thu Sep 04, 2014 7:22 pm

Series 14 started last night and the first house is right up my street - even though it's in North Wales. It's eye-watering and mouth-wateringly beautiful:
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby fredlk » Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:30 pm

Last night's house is a beautiful circular house built entirely from wood, engineered in Germany. Very beautiful:
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The owner / builder's Thai wife wasn't amused and would have preferred it square (and cheaper).
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby Ians » Sat Sep 20, 2014 7:43 am

fredlk wrote:Last night's house is a beautiful circular house built entirely from wood, engineered in Germany. Very beautiful:
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The owner / builder's Thai wife wasn't amused and would have preferred it square (and cheaper).
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The Thai termites would just love this one, it would be like a 24 hr smorgasbord.
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby Mike Judd » Sat Sep 20, 2014 1:54 pm

Excuse me for asking , but are the termites in Thailand really that bad, I mean most of the houses were built of wood ,even the palaces before the use of concrete became the norm. I thought Oz had the worse reputation for all those little biting beggars, including White ants that fly to the next feed if they can't get there through their tunnels. There are all sorts of methods for prevention, impregnate the timber/ spray the ground under and around,( I believe not approved now) different forms of barriers between the house itself and the foundations, usually stainless mesh but there others, not D.I.Y though ,the suppliers have to install to give their guarantees.
Most houses built today use treated Pine for the frame and roof, which is a plantation tree not native to Oz as far as I know, where as before native hard wood or imported Oregon was used. There are plenty of company that specialise in just Pest inspections of the whole house, if there are any signs of anything, like rats/Possums or whatever they put down the baits or traps to get rid of them, with White ants it's baits that they take back to the nest (Silly little things) For an extra fee they can put a circle of baits in the ground to safe guard from further problems. It has always been a problem in Oz since the first fleet arrived 200 odd years ago. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby fredlk » Sat Sep 20, 2014 2:50 pm

Mike Judd wrote:are the termites in Thailand really that bad

Believe me they are. Any and all wood which is lying around including tree stumps is devoured in a matter of weeks.
On the other hand they don't seem to eat the handles of the garden tools, but I even see them eating their way through the bark of living trees.
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Re: "Grand Designs" on TV

Postby Ians » Sat Sep 20, 2014 3:22 pm

fredlk wrote:
Mike Judd wrote:are the termites in Thailand really that bad

Believe me they are. Any and all wood which is lying around including tree stumps is devoured in a matter of weeks.
On the other hand they don't seem to eat the handles of the garden tools, but I even see them eating their way through the bark of living trees.


The garden tool handles have been specially treated by the woman of the house to ensure you don't ever slacken-off with your outdoor activities. If we could only hack the recipe the world would be saved from termites.
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