Grand Designs: Animation shows what an experimental powerhouse would look like
Grand Designs sparked a backlash among viewers who claimed the show’s latest project looked like “a garden centre”.
Duncan and Liz set a budget of £1.2million for their vast experimental powerhouse, on a plot of 800 square metres.
Their vision for the home included a library, wine cellar, yoga studio, and an innovative solar fabric for the roof.
However, fans of the Channel 4 show had a lot to say about the plans.
Taking to X, formerly known as Twitter, many complained about the scale of the proposals, with @stryder444 writing: “The whole village could live in that house. #granddesigns.”
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@jonpp82 penned: “Looks like a garden centre,” while others criticised other aspects.
@fuzzybeepants shared: “I want a super eco-friendly house *flies to Estonia to source materials* Sigh. #GrandDesigns.” (sic)
“Ah yes, flying to Estonia. Very eco. #GrandDesigns,” @DuncanDucky complained.
@Superbreeze_Bex added: “The fundamental buffoonery of building a house that’s designed to be of the utmost environmental efficiency when it’s for two people to live in and is the size of an IKEA #GrandDesigns.”
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@Comment99163255 commented: “This is far too big a house, as usual! #granddesigns.”
However, some liked the idea, with @stompynoises writing: “#GrandDesigns tonight was extraordinary we need social housing built like this. Be the change you want to see.”
While there were ambitions plans for the property, the project was too big to be completed in the set timeframe.
The idea was to use structural insulation and 23-metre wall of heavily shaded, triple-glazing to the south.
The couple also wanted to keep a luxury feel as well as prioritising its green credentials.
As he took in the incomplete home, host Kevin McCloud stated: “What I particularly like, driving in, is seeing two sheds.
“It sort of completes the illusion almost, you know.”
“It’s definitely getting there,” Duncan replied.
“I bet you wish you’d built a slightly smaller house, then it’d be finished,” Kevin joked before asking if he could charge his car for free, to which Duncan told him to go ahead.
Grand Designs returns to Channel 4 on November 29 at 9pm.
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