About the Show
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
Series 8 Summary
Kevin McCloud returns with Channel 4's flagship design series, with more original and diverse stories of people pursuing their personal and highly individual architectural dreams
Episode 1 - Southern Ireland, 2012
This edition follows actor Sean Simons' epic bid to turn a castle ruins in Ireland into a spectacular fantasy home the hard way: without an architect and in the middle of a recession.
Episode 2 - Skye, 2012
On the Isle of Skye, one of the most beautiful landscapes in Britain, Rebecca and Indi are building a turf-roofed contemporary home to withstand gale force winds and some sceptical locals.
Episode 3 - North London 2013
Jonathan Broom and his wife Deborah have put everything on hold while he pursues his dream of building a mini Hollywood Hills-style mansion right in the gritty heart of north London
Episode 4 - East Devon, 2013
Kevin meets Kevin McCabe, the leading exponent of the ancient art of cob building, whose dream is to build a castle made entirely of mud. But soon the sheer scale of the task becomes clear.
Episode 6 - River Thames, 2012
Lysette and Nigel Offley's plan to build a dramatic new cutting-edge home by the River Thames proves difficult, costly and not very popular with their neighbours
Episode 7 - Brixton, 2012
In Brixton in south London design-mad couple Mary Martin and Carl Turner want to build a home that resembles a giant stack of glass cubes that's a Zen retreat from the noise and chaos of the capital
Episode 8 - Malaga Revisit, 2013
Kevin catches up with the story of a daring modernist home in the Andalucian hills in southern Spain, as he revisits Gil and Hillary Briffa after 10 years
Episode 9 - French Manor House: 2014
Kevin McCloud returns to a remote part of France and the restoration project of a dilapidated manor house started back in 2003 by Denise Daniel and Doug Ibbs.
Grand Designs synopsis
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 dreamsEpisode Guide >
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