Always wanted to meet the face of Grand Designs? Head to the Grand Theatre sponsored by Go Ultra Low to see Kevin McCloud, the Grand Designers from the TV series and a host of industry experts live on stage as they lead educational seminars and dynamic debates.
See the Grand Theatre timetable for Birmingham 2019 below. The updated timetable for London 2020 will be available closer to the event.
Micah Jones and his wife Elaine bought a plot with half an acre of land in County Down for £80,000, demolishing several old agricultural buildings which sat on the land to build what was in theory a design inspired by a shed!
Described by Kevin McCloud as ‘one of Britain’s last great eccentrics’, self-confessed boat obsessive James Strangeways is the first to admit that he’s not a fan of houses. So how is James three years on, join James and his architect Nephew Ben Hebblethwaite
A truly Grand Design designed around a water garden, built to look delicate but have the back bone of a rhino is Jewel House. Join the architects behind this beautiful design as we go back to that 2001 episode
With property prices at an all time high, self build may seem like an expensive option but what if your self-build paid for itself? Join Property Expert & TV Presenter Kunle Barker as he takes you through his strategy to building a house that pays for itself.
Join Jon and Noreen, from the famous Gloucestershire Treehouse, as they reveal the secrets from behind the scenes as they built their fascinating ‘Grand Design'. Their Passivehaus certified Treehouse took over 4 years to build with a view to live as cheaply and sustainable as possible.
From Beach Cleans to Dolphin Dreams: Authors4Oceans Explain How YOU Can Help Save Our Seas from your living room
Plastic Sucks! So says musician and passionate environmental activist Dougie Poynter, whose book on the subject is out later this year. He joins bestselling children’s authors MG Leonard (Beetle Boy), Lauren St John (Dolphin Song and Kat Wolfe Investigates) and Christopher Vick (Girl, Boy, Sea) to talk about why they’re so fired up about finding ways to save our world.
Think snipping a ring-pull on a carton of milk won’t make a difference? Think again. All four are members of Authors4Oceans, an alliance of over 60 of the biggest names in children’s publishing who campaign against single-use plastic in schools, homes, publishing and bookshops across the UK.
Busting the Myth; Self-Build is Costly and High Risk
With the right advice, and careful forward planning, it is perfectly possible to stick to a budget. And there are ways to limit the cost of building your own home. The cost will vary depending on the construction method you choose, the size of your project and how involved you can be in the process. Research shows most self-build a home for less than you would pay for buying a comparable home – and it is to your design.
Getting experienced and professional planning, design and construction assistance to ensure your project is well managed from start to finish will minimise the risk of any mishaps along the way.
Identical twins Nik and Jon Daughtry run a graphic design company together, they drive the same car and even own identical dogs. Now these two brothers are building two near identical houses next door to each other in Sheffield. Raised up on steel stilts on the site of an old corn mill, these two extraordinary houses will pay tribute to Sheffield’s industrial past. Huge steel frames with exposed block-work and black steel cladding should create two sleek and modern family homes. Join the family and see what life is like on the lake together.
Busting the Myth of Self Build with NaCSBA: It’s a Very Lengthy Process
From finding a plot to the completion of a project can take a year or two, or sometimes longer. It very much depends on what, and how, you want to build – a single inner-city plot with a bespoke design will take longer than a serviced plot and a factory-built home. Custom building is often the fastest route, as it usually involves serviced plots, which means the services and infrastructure (like roads) are taken care of, and some form of planning permission is guaranteed.
Sarah Wigglesworth and Jeremy Till built their unusual home more than 16 years ago using straw bales. Join Architect Sarah as she lifts the lid on life in the straw house and whether it has stood the test of time.
Busting the Myth of Self Build with NaCSBA; There are No Plots Available
Finding the right plot can be challenging, particularly if you have specific requirements. But there are plot-finding websites to help you do this. Furthermore, local planning authorities must ensure that there are sufficient self-build plots available to meet the demand on their Self- Build Register (see below). Signing up to a register will help to ensure that a supply of land is available – visit www.righttobuildportal.org to sign up now.
Sustainable and Seductive, the Huf Haus Show House in Weybridge Surrey represents the essence of Huf Haus Design. A home to awaken the senses with extensive open spaces, stylish interiors and flooded with natural light. We welcome you to experience the immersive atmosphere and vast possibilities of a beautiful Huf Haus design.
“Picturing your dream home can be easy, funding that dream may seem a daunting task. We are speaking with representatives of a selection of lending institutions discussing; “How Does it Work”? “What are the Pit Falls? “ How to make the journey of a being Offered a Self-Build / Custom Build Mortgage a positive experience.”
Grand Designs has followed Ed & Rowena's journey over the years as ‘Herefordshire House’. This has captured not simply the building of a house, rather the journey of them as a family building their home. Are they finally finished 12 years later?!
Busting the Myth of Self Build with NaCSBA: I Won’t Get a Mortgage
The most successful homebuilding plans are those that have been planned well from the start, and this means knowing your budget and understanding your borrowing options early on. BuildStore’s Tom McSherry will discuss the ins & outs of self build mortgages and the key things to consider when funding your project
Busting the Myth of Self Build with NaCSBA: I Won’t get Planning Permission
Achieving planning permission can be a complex task, with many technical considerations, policy restrictions and physical barriers arising to development. However, ‘Never has self-build been treated more favourably by the planning system’. The Right to Build, along with acknowledgement within the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) of the importance of meeting the needs of those wishing to build their own home means that the current situation for custom- and self-builders is more promising.
Sustainable, well-considered schemes that takes account of local and national policy can take advantage of the Right to Build and other policy designations to add extra weight to their proposal to give them the best possible chance of securing permission.
From a distance, Lincoln & Lisa's Isle of Wight house in the trees could be mistaken for a Midwestern log cabin nestling among the trees. Up close, it reveals a series of rising structures clad in contrasting materials – warm birch and corrugated fibre cement.
Cheery Angelo Mastropietro braved all the odds and fashioned a humble home out of an 800-year-old cave in his native Worcestershire. What's life like in the "hobbit hole"? Join Angelo and Kevin as they talk cave!
The world has gone health and wellbeing crazy! Its not only what we eat which can make an impact on our health, its how we treat our homes too. Join Grand Designs magazine editor Karen Stylianides, Helen Davis Home editor at Sunday Times and Sommer Pyne, Interior stylist and lifestyle blogger. Alex Jobber from Design Studio 31
Chaired by Karen Stylianides, Helen Davis and Sommer Pyne
Richard built his highly acclaimed eco-arch passivhaus, proving that clever architecture need not be expensive and has since used his family home to test out the latest eco-technology. 10 years on and has the technology progressed!
Tate Harmer architects created Hoo House, a stylish and eco-friendly family home with views across some of Suffolk’s most beautiful countryside.The house was created as a symbol of dedication and enduring love. Join Jerry Tate as he takes us back to this amazing piece of architetcture.
A young couple’s dream of escaping ever rising rents in London by building their own home for just £160,000. Well they did achieve their dream and built Miniscule House, take a seat and hear all about their journey.
Seeing the wood through the tree's. Sourcing sustainably
How can we design our homes without damaging our planet? Friends of the Earth combine their passion for innovation and inspirational design with care for the Earth. Join there discussion on courcing sustainably