Win tick­ets for Kevin McCloud’s Grand De­signs ex­hi­bi­tion

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY -

WOULD-BE self-builders are no doubt de­lighted to see the new se­ries of Grand De­signs, that started on Wed­nes­day on Chan­nel 4.

Pre­sen­ter Kevin McCloud says the re­ces­sion has had a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the projects, which aren’t quite as flashy as some of those filmed pre­vi­ously.

A more “thought­ful ap­proach” is be­ing taken with con­cerns for the en­vi­ron­ment and in­no­va­tion top of the agenda, rather than in­te­rior bling. The cou­ple who kicked off the first pro­gramme in the se­ries were de­signer Lin­coln Miles and artist Lisa Traxler, who turned a 1970s bun­ga­low in the woods on the Isle of Wight into a con­tem­po­rary, tim­ber-clad home com­plete with a tower.

Their bud­get was £180,00 af­ter al­ready pay­ing £270,000 for the site. It took them three years to de­cide what to do, but they’ve ob­vi­ously done a good job as this house is one of Kevin’s favourites in the new se­ries.

Other projects in­clude an en­ergy-ef­fi­cient house built into a hill­side near More-ton-in-the-Marsh, which cost £600,000 to cre­ate and an eco house in Corn­wall, which cost just £290,000 to build.

Now the fin­ish­ing touches have been made to the TV se­ries, ever busy Kevin is pre­par­ing for the lat­est Grand De­signs ex­hi­bi­tion in Birm­ing­ham, which runs from Oc­to­ber 8 to the 10.

The ex­hi­bi­tion is a mecca for any­one in­ter­ested in prop­erty ren­o­va­tion or self-build­ing.

This year, there are six dif­fer­ent sec­tions in­clud­ing the Grand Vil­lage, Grand Build, Grand In­te­ri­ors, Grand Kitchens and Bath­rooms, Grand Technology and Grand Gar­dens.

The show will also fea­ture the lat­est must-have do­mes­tic technology, gadgets and giz­mos and there is ad­vice on ev­ery­thing from plan­ning, fi­nance, and de­sign. There will be a num­ber of sem­i­nars fo­cus­ing on build­ing is­sues, the lat­est in green tech­nolo­gies and home im­prove­ments.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the show, visit www.grand­de­ or call 0871 230 5583. Tick­ets cost £18 each. www.grand­de­

The York­shire Post has 10 pairs of tick­ets for the Grand De­signs ex­hi­bi­tion. To win a pair, an­swer the ques­tion be­low. Ques­tion: Who is the face of Grand De­signs? En­tries in by Septem­ber 25 to Grand De­signs, Sharon Dale, Prop­erty Post, Welling­ton Street, Leeds, LS1 1RF. Usual YPN rules ap­ply.

BUILD IT YOUR­SELF: Kevin McCloud presents GrandDe­signs.

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