Preview: Grand Designs

Kevin McCloud loves the concept, but will the reality be too much for this magnum opus? Photo: Channel 4

Sometimes we describe a house as a work of art, but how often does it literally fit that phrase? On a hill overlooking a beautiful South Devon valley, Joe and Claire and their young children are out to do just that. Their new house will be a giant structure, 70 metres long and featuring 34 enormous angled zinc shards jutting out in all directions.

The build is going to be expensive and complicated, but Joe, who’s young, wealthy and ambitious, intends to invest a lot of his own money into making the impossible possible.

As delays pile up, Joe and Claire’s dream seems further away than ever. What should have been a masterpiece is in danger of becoming a white elephant.


Grand Designs – Wednesday at 9pm on Channel 4