Preview: Grand Designs: House of the Year

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Kevin McCloud tours around the shortlisted homes and builds on the RIBA’s radar. Photo: Channel 4

In this episode, Kevin McCloud, architect Damion Burrows and design expert Michelle Ogundehin visit five more stunning homes all hoping to be crowned RIBA House of the Year 2021. This time, houses that solve problems have been grouped together. 

We explore a sleek, modernist house on a riverside; built to withstand extreme floods and weather, it is quite the achievement. There is a timber home that binds seamlessly with its remote Highland environment. A house that makes use of some effective camouflage disappears into its overlooked surroundings. 

A barn conversion chooses to think outside the box when it comes to restoring agricultural buildings, and a Japanese styled Cambridge home that proves a standard budget shouldn’t need to hinder a great design.

Grand Designs: House of the Year – Wednesday at 9pm on Channel 4

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