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Presenter Kevin McCloud follows some of Britain's most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams

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Presenter Kevin McCloud follows some of Britain's most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams

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Castles in the air... Presenter Kevin McCloud follows some of Britain's most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams

  • Episode 1 - Weald of Kent, 2009

    Architect Richard Hawkes and his wife Sophie have plans for the good life in Kent. Their dream house is an ambitious eco project that will give Richard great scope to experiment.

  • Episode 2 - Brittany, 2009

    Daren Howarth and Adi Nortje are keen to build an earth-sheltered home from recycled materials in Brittany. The house is a very low tech one, mainly constructed from old car tyres.

  • Episode 3 - Marlborough, 2009

    Kevin McCloud meets dairy farmer Andrew Ainslie and his artist wife Meryl, who run a gallery on their farm in Wiltshire and want to build a new house at the heart of their farm.

  • Episode 4 - Hertfordshire, 2010

    Kevin meets university professors Celia and Diana, who plan a state-of-the-art home that will be the world's first computer-cut house. But they have no inkling of what lies ahead for them.

  • Episode 5 - Ipswich, 2010

    Jonathan and Lindsay want to build a house that's exciting to look at, cheap to run, and ecologically sound, but the design and building is high risk

  • Episode 6 - Kensington, 2011

    Claire and Ian try to build a home big enough for a disco on a small plot at the end of a London mews. But as angry locals begin to object to their plans, things start to go awry.

  • Episode 7 - Herefordshire, 2011

    Ed and Rowena Waghorn are building an organic, timber-framed, curvy house on their smallholding in Herefordshire using recycled materials, but the budget is tiny and progress achingly slow.

  • Episode 8 - Revisit: Brittany, 2010

    Kevin catches up with Daren and Adi in France, and their extraordinary, earth-sheltered home made almost entirely from recycled materials. Has their big life experiment proved a success?

  • Episode 9 - Revisit: London, 2010

    Kevin McCloud catches up with carpenter Bill and his wife Sarah, who built two unusual timber houses in south London, hoping to create a mortgage-free urban oasis. How did they do?

  • Episode 10 - Revisit: Lot, 2010

    Kevin revisits Mark Sampson and his wife and daughter who moved to the Lot region of France to build their dream home in 2003.

  • Episode 11 - Revisit: Weald of Kent, 2011

    Kevin returns to the Weald of Kent and one of the most innovative houses ever featured on Grand Designs - a highly experimental arch-shaped home built from clay tiles.

  • Episode 12 - Revisit: Lake District, 2010

    Kevin revisits Robert and Milla a year after their ambitious Lake District eco home seemed on the verge of running out of money. Have the couple completed their visionary timber home?

  • Episode 13 - Headcorn, 2011

    Mimi d'Costa and her husband Andre have moved to the Kent countryside and bought a large plot of land to build a home on it that is functional but that will also blend into the landscape.

  • Episode 14 - Cotswolds, 2010

    In this episode, two architects attempt to build England's first accredited passive house, underneath a ruined 300-year-old barn in the Cotswolds countryside.

  • Episode 15 - West Cumbria, 2010

    Alan Dawson has invented his own way of making a house, with every piece put together on site in days. But it must all fit perfectly. Only then will he know if his unique house works.

  • Episode 16 - West London, 2012

    Audrey and Jeff Lovelock plan to transform a listed Edwardian artist's studio in West London into a bespoke 13-level subterranean home

  • Episode 17 - Braintree, 2011

    Artists Freddie Robins and Ben Coode-Adams are leaving their modest urban flat to convert a huge Grade II-listed timber-framed barn in Essex into a live/work space for themselves and their daughter

  • Episode 18 - Cornwall, 2011

    Stonemason Adam Purchase and his partner Nicola Brennan have 12 months to convert a silver mine engine house in Cornwall into a home, in what soon becomes a race against time.

  • Episode 19 - Woodbridge, 2010

    Lucie Fairweather and Nat McBride leave the big city and return to their home town of Woodbridge, Suffolk, hoping to build a stunning, beautiful, and affordable family home.

  • Episode 20 - Revisit: Headcorn, 2011

    Kevin returns to Kent to find out if Mimi and Andre achieved the house of their dreams. Has their two-storey timber house given them the healthier, greener lifestyle they were looking for?

  • Episode 21 - Revisit: West Cumbria, 2011

    Kevin revisits Alan and Judith, who in 2009 began constructing their prototype prefab home in Cumbria. Was Alan able to create a unique place to live but also save his steel business?

  • Episode 22 - Revisit: Ashford, 2012

    Kevin revisits Denise and Bruno Del Tufo who six years ago set about transforming a concrete water tower in their back garden into an avant-garde contemporary home.

  • Episode 23 - Revisit: Isle of Wight, 2012

    Kevin returns to the Isle of Wight and the conversion of a 70s bungalow amidst unspoilt ancient woodland. Did the rebuild's unconventional techniques and alternative materials work out?

  • Episode 24 - Kensington Revisit, 2012

    Kevin revisits Claire and Ian, and their ultimate fun family home in the heart of London, to see if they've put all the troubles of the technically difficult build behind them

  • Episode 25 - Camden, 2012

    Architect Henning Stummel and his partner Alice Dawson take on an awkward, jagged covered space, trapped between buildings in the crowded heart of north London

  • Episode 26 - Isle of Wight, 2010

    Architectural designer Lincoln Miles and his wife, artist Lisa Traxler, take on a very ambitious bungalow conversion on the Isle of Wight, hoping it will blend into an unspoilt woodland.

  • Episode 27 - Stowmarket, 2010

    In Suffolk Simon Bennett and his wife Jill hope to restore one of the smallest surviving medieval guild halls in the country to its original splendour.

  • Episode 28 - Lake District, 2010

    Robert and Milla are redeveloping a 1980s house overlooking Lake Windermere in the Lake District. But the radical, innovative build is risky, and the family's budget is very tight.

  • Episode 29 - Lizard Peninsula, 2010

    Kevin McCloud meets interior designer Kathryn, who has decided to design and build her own Scandinavian-inspired house on a hillside plot in her parents' back garden in Falmouth, Cornwall.

  • Episode 30 - Tenby, 2011

    Kevin McCloud visits Tim O'Donovan and his wife Philomena, who are transforming Tenby's old lifeboat station into a unique, contemporary home

  • Episode 31 - Bromley, 2011

    Paul and Penny knock down their million-pound home in south London to build a contemporary mansion. But the challenges presented by this complex build soon start to bite.

  • Episode 32 - Revisit: Braintree, 2012

    Kevin catches up with artists Freddie and Ben and their listed, timber-framed barn in the Essex countryside, to see how they are adjusting to rural life.

  • Episode 33 - Revisit: Brighton, 2012

    Kevin revisits Brighton and finds himself genuinely inspired by a pioneering build from the first ever series of Grand Designs, based on revolutionary designs from architect Walter Segal

  • Episode 34 - Woodbridge Revisit, 2013

    Kevin McCloud catches up with Lucie Fairweather to view the striking, modern house in Woodbridge designed by her partner Nat, who passed away prematurely

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    Episode 35 - Tiverton 2014

    Kevin McCloud returns to Devon for an update on Marine Captain Jon White and wife Becky's cutting-edge, semi-open plan building, adapted for Jon's post-Afghanistan war injuries

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    Episode 36 - Monmouthshire 2014

    Kevin McCloud returns to a unique Japanese-Welsh fusion home in the Wye Valley to see how the improvised building weathered one of the wettest winters on record

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Presenter Kevin McCloud follows some of Britain's most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams

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