Viewers tuning right into a 20th anniversary particular episode of Grand Designs, which featured presenter Kevin McCloud’s favorite builds, could not disguise their pleasure after realising an aged couple who constructed a flat-pack Huf Haus again in 2004 had been nonetheless alive and nonetheless loving their extraordinary dwelling. 

To rejoice the 20th anniversary of the hit Channel four present, McCloud whittled down his high 5 picks on Kevin’s Grandest Designs, which aired final night time.   

He re-visited Greta and David Iredale, now each of their late eighties, who had been one of many first residents within the UK to construct a German Huf Haus – basically a home the place all of the elements are pre-constructed after which put collectively on web site – 16 years in the past. They constructed their dwelling on land they’d purchased in Walton-on-Thames, in Surrey. 

The couple, already pensioners once they embarked upon the formidable construct, appeared simply as delighted with their dwelling in 2019 as they had been once they first walked via the doorways, after dwelling in a caravan on web site for six months.   

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The Huf Haus, a German flat-pack dwelling with pre-fabricated components, induced pensioners Greta and David Iredale many a headache once they constructed it again in 2004, in sequence 4 of Grand Designs

Viewers of the present’s 20th anniversary present Kevin’s Grandest Designs had been delighted to see that the couple had been nonetheless dwelling in the home after McCloud took a visit again to their distinctive self-build dwelling

Flashback footage confirmed David and Greta watching their dwelling being pulled into place again in 2004

Viewers stated they had been delighted to find that the couple had been nonetheless dwelling, and nonetheless describing their dwelling as ‘excellent’. 

A heart-warming second noticed the couple share a kiss and David admit that he nonetheless ‘tingles’ when he sees the property.

One touched viewer, @SamKennerley, wrote on social media: ‘Anybody else get a heat feeling when the aged couple who constructed the Huf Haus had been nonetheless alive and lovely. Me too.’ 

@Galunacy added: ‘Yay so glad to see the huf haus episode featured on #GrandDesigns tonight – beloved that couple and that home.’ 

@xcelticax penned: ‘The Huf Haus was at all times my favorite of all of the grand designs, superb engineering and exquisite’

The couple spent two days in a German manufacturing unit again in 2003 deciding on the specs for his or her Huf Haus earlier than it took simply three-and-a-half days to construct on the land they’d purchased in Walton-on-Thames. Benefiting from a ‘good summer time’, the couple lived within the grounds in a caravan whereas the ultimate touches had been put to their dwelling. 

A Huf Haus prices round £300 per sq ft to construct and your complete house-building course of – from preliminary designs to builders – is offered by the corporate. The properties usually take not than three-and-a-half months to complete, as soon as a plot of land has been discovered. 

Kevin’s Grandest Designs noticed McCloud pluck out his high builds from 20 years of broadcasting, revealing a transformed transport container and cave amongst his all-time favorite Grand Designs within the commemorative episode.

Additionally amongst them was a house he known as his ‘most visited’ mission – a home nicknamed Miss Tiggy Winkle’s mansion in Herefordshire, which has been a piece of affection for Rowena and Ed since they began constructing 12 years in the past.

David Iredale, now in his late eighties, admitted that his dwelling nonetheless made him ‘tingle’ when he noticed it, and the couple described their property as ‘excellent’ (Pictured kissing spouse Greta)

Greta Iredale was seen stress-free in the lounge of her dwelling, with mild flooding in from the property’s enormous home windows

The Huf Haus was raised from the bottom in simply three-and-a-half days again in 2004 however the couple spent six months dwelling in a caravan whereas the property was completed and furnished

David and Greta, already pensioners in 2004, described watching their Huf Haus being constructed as ‘one of the vital thrilling moments’ of their lives

The flat-pack property being constructed; the Huf Haus firm, primarily based in Germany, noticed a spike in gross sales after the present aired in 2004

One other of Kevin’s most memorable and bold self-building tasks was by a person known as Angelo, who remodeled an 800-year-old collapse Worcestershire into a house worthy of the title ‘cave man chic’. 

A pair who spent £850Okay reworking a barn the scale of seven three-bedroom homes in Essex into a house additionally made the minimize, as did the spectacular Kennington Water Tower conversion, which Kevin dubbed an ‘obscenely expensive’ mission. 

Nevertheless, he praised house owners Graham and Leigh for restoring the ten-floor Victorian constructing in London in 9 months and it was ‘one of the most dynamic and intelligent restoration projects’ he’s ‘ever had the pleasure to follow.’ 

However in a last revelation, Kevin admitted that ‘probably’ his all-time favorite construct was created by a farmer and architect in Northern Eire, who turned £10Okay price of transport containers into an architectural delight.

And whereas undeniably spectacular for a wide range of causes, they don’t seem to be the one properties price dedicating a whole episode to. 

Different spectacular properties which have featured within the present’s historical past embrace a £800okay snake-like dwelling that nestles within the Blackdown Hills and a spectacular £7.5million dwelling in Holland Park that was initially a music studio which noticed the likes of Shirley Bassey, Queen and John Lennon document there.  


Derry, Northern Eire, sequence 14

Farmer and architect Patrick Bradley created this dwelling in 2013 and the £133okay dream house is made solely out of 4 transport containers and positioned in Derry, Northern Eire. Kevin dubbed it ‘in all probability’ his all-time favorite 

Patrick’s house is positioned over a stream at a gorgeous and secluded spot on the household farm and the 4 transport containers kind an enormous cross

Patrick determined spot on his household farm can be the right place to construct this spectacular mission from ship containers, which many deemed not possible. Pictured with Kevin

On the time, Kevin thought the mission was a catastrophe within the making, with the potential to break an idyllic spot on the household farm. Patrick confronted a determined uphill battle to win over his doubters. However Kevin was received over from the mission which he later known as ‘virtually faultless’. Pictured, the lounge now with spectacular views

The pioneer has continued his revolutionary work and has since constructed a transport container studio clad in gold which he can work from (pictured)

After the preliminary programme aired, Patrick (pictured) was inundated with requests from everywhere in the world to design container homes for others


Herefordshire, sequence 11

Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s mansion, in any other case often known as Ed and Rowena’s handbuild dwelling on the hill featured on sequence 11 in 2011 (pictured)

Life’s work? The Waghorns, from Herefordshire, started designing their dwelling ten years in the past and have become the longest-running mission ever to characteristic on Grand Designs

Ed’s ambition was to craft by hand a very sustainable dwelling with a fantastic vaulted corridor at it is coronary heart. Kevin described it as a ‘dwelling, respiratory, ecological self-build.’ Pictured, the view from one of many home windows

 Ed and Rowena remodeled an eight-acre smallholding in Herefordshire into a shocking thatched household dwelling with a ‘cathedral’-style central window

A lot of the property used foraged supplies with the triangular sandstone tiles being sourced from an area web site and minimize by Ed’s brother Will 

Grasp craftsman: For Ed, the making of his home was simply as essential as its completion, which remains to be ongoing after a decade

Even the kitchen was crafted with Ed’s truthful arms, utilizing ‘scavenged for’ wooden

The picket beams had been positioned in by hand, with the mission deadline continually being pushed again

In addition to a tiled and picket flooring, there’s additionally a rammed earth flooring, which includes getting earth from close by and ‘ramming’ it into the bottom, earlier than oiling it 

Ed’s been chiseling this constructing into being for over a decade and remains to be constructing proper now – as he is constructing a house for his mom


Kennington, sequence 12  

It is believed house owners Leigh Osborne and Graham Voce purchased the Grade II listed constructing for £380,000 – and spent virtually £2million changing it from a crumbling break right into a household dwelling 

Whereas Kevin known as the Kennington Water Tower (pictured) an ‘obscenely expensive’ mission, he praised Graham and Leigh for the restoration of the ten-floor Victorian constructing in London, which he stated was ‘one of the most dynamic and intelligent restoration projects I’ve ever had the pleasure to comply with’

Whereas the house owners (pictured) have by no means revealed precisely how a lot the mission precisely price, they admitted at one stage it was costing them £35,000 every week

The house owners informed how the view has modified since first beginning the transformation, with many different buildings being erected within the surrounding areas

Earlier than the transformation (pictured), the house owners had no concept of the problem forward


Kevin informed how Angelo remodeled an 800-year-old collapse Worcestershire dwelling into a house worthy of the title ‘cave man chic’ (pictured)

Regardless of being identified with MS, Angelo remodeled the carve dwellings into a house – with spectacular outcomes. Pictured with Kevin

Angelo admitted that he was ‘in all probability just a little bit naive’ earlier than starting the mission and added: ‘I positively suffered through the course of. I had a horrible ringing in my ears for months afterwards.’ Pictured, one of many bedrooms within the cave

Towards ache and adversity, Angelo (pictured) carved a modest and fantastic dwelling. Talking of his formidable self-build, he stated: ‘Reactions from my family and friends was that I might in all probability misplaced my thoughts, however I feel it is as a result of individuals could not see what I may see’


Braintree, Essex, sequence 11

This medieval barn in Essex left viewers surprised after being remodeled right into a 21st-Century Residence – which included artist studios

Kevin first met artists Freddie and Ben (pictured collectively) ten years in the past. They offered their dwelling in London to tackle the  huge nation barn within the Essex countryside. Pictured, after the transformation

Ben revealed that the mission proved financially exhausting and informed how ‘everything is not just double, it is exponentially more expensive.’ Pictured, the lounge after the transformation 

Kevin defined that the mission is a pure instance of when the ‘creatives were allowed to run wild’. In the meantime, Ben dubbed it ‘very livable’ and added ‘the rain doesn’t are available’

Talking earlier than beginning the mission, Freddie stated: ‘It’s not a home which may have an upstairs and a downstairs, so it’ll be extra like a cathedral’

The couple spent £850Okay reworking the barn the scale of seven three bed room homes in Essex into a house (pictured)



Blackdown Hills, Devon – sequence 18

Nature-loving couple Stephen and Elizabeth Tetlow created this £800Okay dwelling to resemble a fossil shell  in 2017 – the couple wished a home which mirrored their respective passions – his work as an engineer and Elizabeth’s as a horticulturist 

Inspiration for this dwelling got here from a fossilised ammonite shell Stephen noticed on a desk and he drew up the plans himself with the assistance of a single architect

The trendy inside of the house boasted a curved roof which adopted the identical sample of the house’s exterior and had a white and bronze color scheme which completely complimented the home’s picket paneling 

The house has breathtaking views over the Blackdown Hills the place Somerset borders Devon and options a number of home windows round the home for the couple to take pleasure in pure mild all through the day 


Holland Park, London – sequence 12  

This £7.5million dwelling in Holland Park was created by inside designer Audrey Lovelock and her husband Jeff after being transformed from Lansdowne Studios, which noticed the likes of Shirley Bassey, Queen and John Lennon document there 

The beautiful dwelling was purchased from the studio’s proprietor and engineer Adrian Kerridge in 2006 and is now a four-bedroom flat

The 4 double bedrooms every has an en suite rest room, a luxurious moist room, gymnasium, cinema room and wine room in addition to two terraces  one among which can be utilized for parking

The transformed flat is in Lansdowne Home, which was inbuilt 1904 as a spot the place struggling painters may work, and there are 11 different flats within the constructing


Brixton, sequence 12 

The Winter Palace in Brixton was designed by architect Carl Turner for himself and his companion Mary Martin in 2013 and the eco-friendly £1.5million home in South London boasts three-storeys and a glacial exterior

This dwelling’s exterior was achieved via the usage of milky glass panels over polished concrete and Mr Turner claimed the insulation is so good it is without doubt one of the most energy-efficient houses within the UK 

The house’s trendy inside options easy white partitions, sliding doorways of white birch ply, some coated with a skinny layer of metal and is embellished with stylish matching furnishings 

The minimalist dwelling has a gray and white color scheme and incorporates a geometric-style stair case and the house has underfloor heating 

Patrick designed each the inside and exterior of the containers and the certified architect created a house that might work on a twin degree, fulfilling his wants as farmer, and likewise an architect


County Down, sequence 18

Micah and Elaine Jones, pictured with Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud, of their picket and concrete dwelling

Architect Micah designed his personal very grand interpretation of a shed – a 4 bed room dwelling within the footprint of the agricultural buildings he demolished

The house was constructed from timber shipped all the best way from Austria on the again of a truck, and the kitchen featured intricate hand-painted tiles lovingly made by his Micah’s spouse Elaine

Micah crafted the curved partitions within the rest room with a DIY steam tub to bend the panels earlier than making use of

The couple – who had two sons in the beginning of the mission and an additional daughter by the tip after Elaine fell pregnant – added brilliant splashes of color for his or her youngsters

The couple purchased the zero.6 acre plot of land for £80,000 and determined to knock down the buildings that had been on the land

Impressed by the sheds he grew up round Micah designed a shed-style construction clad in timber and stone from the buildings that had been knocked down


Kent, sequence 9 

Designed for his household by architect Richard Hawkes, the framework of this mission is predicated on a medieval design, often known as timbrel vaulting, which will be seen within the dome-shaped roof 

The constructing explores the individuality of ‘place’ in addition to harnessing photo voltaic vitality to generate all its personal electrical energy and incorporates a beautiful vaulted ceiling

The constructing demonstrates how up to date design can rejoice native supplies and crafts and combine new applied sciences


Sussex, sequence three

In-built Prickly Nut Wooden, close to Midhurst in West Sussex, Ben Legislation’s intriguing three-bed house is made out of candy chestnut coppiced from the encompassing woodland

Placing down roots: Ben Legislation and his self-built home. The construct price £28,000 and used a formidable 300 barley bales to kind the partitions

Again in 2008, Ben Legislation put the picket surprise available on the market for £365,000. It took simply eight months to constructed


Co-op, Brighton, sequence 1

Kevin noticed a record-breaking co-operative of ten households construct their very own houses on the sting of Brighton again in 1996


Stirling, sequence 6

After constructing this mission and convey postpone by the busy street ruining their beautiful views of Camsie Fells, Theo and Elaine Leijser determined to construct a giant field window on the entrance of the constructing


South Downs, sequence 16

This spectacular home is positioned throughout the South Downs Nationwide Park and incorporates a up to date design, whereas the waterside-build means it advantages from its beautiful views, overlooking the River Ouse


Woodbridge, sequence 10 

Hoo Home, designed by Lucy Fairweather and her companion Nat McBride, is a trendy and eco-friendly household dwelling with views throughout a few of Suffolk’s most lovely countryside


Isle of Wight 

Architectural designer Lincoln Miles was the brains behind the transformation of this Seventies bungalow on the Isle of Wight

A Q&A with Grand Design’s presenter Kevin McCloud 

Kevin McCloud opens up about including worth to property, and predicts what interiors tendencies shall be widespread sooner or later 

What’s your recommendation for individuals taking up their first self-build or renovation mission? What are the frequent errors – and any tips about the best way to keep away from them?

Fail to arrange, put together to fail. The designs stage is about sorting issues rapidly and cheaply forward of time, so when you spend three years planning then you definitely would possibly spend 18 months constructing, when you spend 18 months planning then you definitely’ll spend three years constructing, and it’ll break the bank.

Use price consultants and amount surveyors to correctly price the entire mission. After I ask individuals in the beginning of every programme, “what’s your budget?”, what they normally inform me is a notional determine primarily based on what they wish to spend, not what it’s costed at. Individuals so hardly ever have it costed and that’s why most of them do go over funds a bit and a few have even doubled in price.

You must also work with an architect who shares the identical view of the world as you do and select a builder you belief. You need to at all times work with nice individuals; don’t imagine you are able to do all of it your self. In case you occur to know a great builder who’s labored with you earlier than and you want them and belief them, use them. In case your brother or sister or pal has used a fantastic builder, use them.

What would your high ideas be for including worth to your house?

The overwhelming majority of houses within the nation usually are not designed by architects they usually’re not designed to suit the place they’re. They’re pattern-book houses that simply sit the place they’re no matter the place the solar is, the place the outlook is and whether or not there’s a view. 

What structure can do is put you in larger contact with the outside. Take into consideration methods in which you’ll be able to rework your house and usher in mild to make it really feel greater. 

I feel mild provides a way of house and a view provides a way of connection. A pal of mine did a beautiful factor in a terraced home – he had a view out the again over some actually scrappy yards and above them had been some bushes.

And all he did was frost the decrease half of his window, so all he noticed was the tops of the bushes waving within the wind.

One other means of including worth in fact is so as to add house, whether or not that’s by including a kitchen or a conservatory and even an annex on the backside of the backyard. 

Individuals are wanting now for tactics of dwelling that are versatile and adaptable, that enable them to have a pal to remain or give them someplace to work away from the workplace. Don’t essentially make a room explicitly and solely on your wants, make it adaptable.

One other means so as to add worth is to take care of the constructing, look after it, find it irresistible, be happy with it. 

Probably the most attention-grabbing houses I go to usually are not showrooms for stylish furnishings, they’re homes that really feel lived in and which can be full of individuals’s private results. 

Property brokers will inform you precisely the alternative however if you wish to add private worth to your house make it a view of your tastes, of your objects – your autobiography.

What development predictions would you could have for properties within the subsequent decade or so? Any old-trends coming again into fashion?

I wouldn’t know a development if it hit me within the face. I sort of like easy stuff and tendencies at all times appear to intervene with that. 

There’s one factor that I’ve observed which is actually odd and that’s an absolute tidal wave of gray paint that individuals simply assume goes to kind every part out. 

Within the 60s after we painted our homes we painted every part gloss white. Within the 70s and 80s individuals began introducing brown wooden. 

So it was a fantastic reduction to me when, within the late 90s, individuals began utilizing not brown stain, however gray paint, or gray powder coated aluminium. 

Now any developer or any builder that desires to promote a house rapidly will simply paint the entrance door gray. It’s just a little bit like dwelling in George Orwell’s 1984. “Oh, it’s a pile of old rubbish? Let’s just paint it grey, no one will notice.”

Personally, I feel the following large factor goes to be aluminium-clad timber home windows, and the end goes to be an anodised, matte, shot blasted pink – in different phrases it’s going to be Apple’s house pink. All the colors that Apple telephones are available at the moment are going to set the palette for home windows for the following 10 years.

And what inside tendencies are not trendy – any that we should always ditch?

Bling. I’m telling you that bling is useless. And the explanation that I’m telling you it’s useless is as a result of it’s not, however I actually want it had been! So by saying it, I’m going to make it occur.

What do you see as the way forward for self-builds on this nation?

It is a numbers sport. Earlier this 12 months we did this sequence known as The Road which we’d been filming for six years. 

It’s a very essential sequence that represented Grand Designs for everyone – the concept that we may all go on the market and construct a home for 150 or 250 grand on a plot costing 100.

The Bicester mission is a tremendous story of 1 council’s dedication to attempt to get one thing finished.

We made that sequence with two functions in thoughts. One was to advertise self-build to a wider viewers (we’ve finished that) and the opposite was to disgrace different native authorities into discovering land and doing the identical factor. 

And different native authorities at the moment are following on, the federal government’s self-build portal is a very strong, actually useful means of entering into it and the Nationwide Customized and Self Construct Affiliation at the moment are operating programs to get extra individuals concerned – so it’s a good time to be doing it, it’s by no means been simpler.

And the mortgage market is definitely changing into extra versatile in providing mortgages for self-builders.

Not solely that, however across the nook is an analogous alternative for those that are on the social housing listing to do the identical factor, with co-housing teams and housing associations.

What can we stay up for within the upcoming sequence of Grand Designs?

There’s the same old rollercoaster of feelings, tales of loss and of achieve, of hardship and of triumph – Grand Designs has at all times traded in these large concepts. 

Certainly one of our contributors on this sequence has sailed throughout the Atlantic – that’s fairly a feat. And he compares self-build with that have. 

Though he says really with crusing, when you sight land you are feeling nice. With self-build, as you’re ending a mission you are feeling such as you’ll by no means ever get there, you’ll by no means get to the tip. So, it’s really worse than crusing throughout the Atlantic.

This sequence we’ve acquired design for incapacity, design for critical sickness, some nice architectural concepts. Grand Designs has by no means been in regards to the center floor, it’s at all times been about individuals on the margins doing adventurous, tough stuff and this sequence doesn’t disappoint. It’s a cracker.


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