Grand Designs

I love the show Grand Designs. Hosted by Kevin McCloud each episode follows a new residential build, or substantive renovation, and is set in the UK. I’ve also watched the Australian version, and while I enjoyed it immensely, I do enjoy the original more.

I think in part it is to do with Kevin’s interviewing/hosting style – which is probably explained in this interview with Adam Hills (the video is part of a series so I’ve linked it rather than embedded – it’s only about 5 minutes long but quite funny – you need to go to clip #9).

I sit on my lounge at home and critique the houses and the approach of the owners and decide what I would do (or not do) if that was my place. Apparently a lot of people sit at home and drink while they watch (there’s actually a drinking game based around the show) – but I have enough fun without the drinks.

The cartoon below was published in the local paper a few years ago. I thought of it this week as I sat at traffic lights looking at the building pictured (the ASIO – Australian Security Intelligance Organisation – building in Canberra) because it tickled my funny bone. I’ve managed to track it down to share.

It also made me wonder…do you like house renovation shows? Or am I alone in my addiction?

7 comments on “Grand Designs

  1. Giggling Fattie

    June 14, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I used to watch this UK design show where couples would switch homes with each other and redecorate the other couples house. That was fun! Hehe I don’t have much interest in them anymore, but I also don’t have a tv or a cable subscription lol

    • I would be too scared to let anyone swap with me (except my Mum, we have very similar styles).

      • Giggling Fattie

        June 15, 2019 at 10:02 pm

        HAHA! I’d be ok….maybe….like I think if I knew the person I’d be ok to design their bedroom or something.

  2. Giggling Fattie is talking about Changing Rooms. I loved that show. The American version is called Trading Spaces, and they just brought it back after about 10 years off the air. It’s a favorite of mine.

    I do like those shows, but only sometimes. I go through moods, I suppose.

    • I have seen the Aussie version of changing rooms. I’m not sure how much say the designers get in the US or UK versions, but the Aussie ones often had too much influence and didn’t listen to the couples talk about what their friends preferences were. That got me frustrated.

  3. It always surprises me what people get addicted to. I’ve never been interested in renovation shows but my husband is. He also likes vampires. Which is just weird.Me, I like old movies and Westerns, the Voice. Which I know is boring to lots of others! Thank goodness for diversity!

    • I love designing my perfect house – its layout, construction materials, interior design etc. It’s something I do for fun (and hope one day to actually do – dreams are free, right 🙂 ) So that’s why I love house shows. I critique them and get inspiration.

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