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The Best of Grand Designs

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A complete celebration of Britain’s favourite architectural show.

Grand Designs is broadcast in over 130 countries and regularly gleans 5 million viewers in the UK. Its success, says Kevin, is due to 'good old-fashioned story telling; of joy and sorrow, torment and triumph, expressed tangibly in the making of a building'.

To celebrate fourteen glorious years of film-making,

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 11th 2012 by Collins (first published October 1st 2012)
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Leo .
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good read. Love the TV show too. I remember the builder who bought a Victorian water tower and converted it into a home. A five story red bricked fortress in the middle of a meadow set in ten acres of woodland. Wow! That appeals to me a great deal. What inspiration I could have living in such a place. I would walk for hours in the woods and wonder at this magnificent building, imagining some arch mage residing therein. Ah! Well one can only dream.🐯👍
Paul
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2013
A beautifully presented book, with amazing photography of the home and architectural marvels that have been selected to go in here.

Most of the houses I have seen in the episodes, though there are a couple that I haven't seen. One of my all time favourites, The Cruciform House, is missing though.

A must read for fans of Grand Designs, but I am not sure it is worth purchasing.
Kel
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
A beautifully presented book with a mix of architectural styles and interesting backgrounds.

The thing I liked most about this book is it possess the same pretentiousness that I love about the television series.
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Seriously, where does the money come from for these projects?
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An author, broadcaster and designer Kevin is best known for Channel 4's Grand Designs and for his annual coverage of the Stirling Prize.
McCloud and his two brothers, Terence and Graham, were raised in a house his parents had built. McCloud attended Dunstable Grammar School which became Manshead Upper School, Dunstable. He originally pursued a career in music, and then went to Cambridge where he c
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