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?