Grand Designs viewers are stunned after the lavish ‘spaceship’ home went over budget by £1m
Grand Designs viewers couldn’t believe their eyes as they tuned in to the real estate show’s newest series this week.
The Channel 4 show has returned to screens with presenter Kevin McCloud back for the 23rd series of the popular property programme. Viewers tuned in to watch the presentation of some of the country’s most ambitious self-build projects.
Couple Colin and Adele have launched the first episode of the new series, continuing their journey to design and build their dream home in South Manchester. The couple wanted to make their dream home there after growing up in the Hale area, which has become a hotspot for Manchester footballers and TV personalities.
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On average, houses cost around £797,000 in the area, so Colin and Adele settled for “the only place in the area they could afford” and bought a house with the intention of tearing it down and rebuild the house of their dreams. Plans for an eye-catching “glass and bentwood” structure designed by a Swedish architect have been revealed for their family home, reports MEN.
However, various problems, starting with their idea of the budget, were there from the start. Colin, who describes himself as a risk-taker, told Kevin: “I think the house is going to cost £700,000 to build, which will get us to a watertight building.”
But the presenter replied: ‘I would make £1.5m to give it a good quality finish’, Colin adding it would be a ‘nightmare’ if it cost anywhere near that price.
The couple faced contractor issues, delays due to the coronavirus pandemic and financial difficulties during the eight-year long process to build their dream home. A huge amount of structural steel formed the basis of their design with 205 pieces brought in to create the structure, which was described by many viewers as resembling a “roller coaster”.
Throughout the project, it was the Latvian contractors who proved to be the duo’s biggest problems, whom Colin had recruited in the hope of saving money on building, glazing and cladding. But things quickly started to turn in circles when the contractors ‘disappeared’ after he paid them £250,000 upfront.
Colin then had to find another contractor to pay, although he was already too far in his budget. Luckily, his sister, who runs a glass-making business, offered to help him with the many large floor-to-ceiling windows in the house and told Colin he wouldn’t have to pay until the mortgage is contracted.
Despite the many disasters and delays, the house was finally completed in 2021 – eight years after they began planning it – with the couple exceeding £1m of their original budget. Once at the property, presenter Kevin said: ‘Looks like a wood-covered Scandinavian spaceship has landed and I’m docking there.’
The interior of the Scandinavian-style home features a large open Italian kitchen and downstairs living area with floor-to-ceiling windows that lead outside into the expansive garden.
The house has an impressive spiral staircase that leads to the first floor with a cinema room with a private balcony, four bedrooms each with their own bathroom as well as a bar and a games room. The top floor is completed by a double height atrium with the master bedroom, a bathroom and a balcony offering beautiful views.
Colin then revealed that he hadn’t recovered the £250,000 from the contractors and that the total cost of their house was £1.7 “and a bit” a million pounds.
Grand Designs viewers were completely stunned by the amount the couple spent on the property and took to Twitter to share their thoughts.
@GrahamP84993234 wrote: “After watching the episode, with their finances and older kids, why would you want to go through all the stress of what they’ve been through. No thanks. Just buy a nice house with your affordable budget and enjoy life. I’ve had a heart attack.”
@__oddie__ said: “New set of #GrandDesigns on flyer. Fella tries to build vanity project on cheap Latvian labor in Hale then ends up spending £1m more than his budget. The boy is on another planet.”
@missthorpe tweeted: “Seriously? A million pounds more than expected. Absolute madness.”