7.5
19 votes
Grand Designs: House of the Year

Grand Designs: House of the Year

Channel 4 2015

Every year the Royal Institute of British Architects looks for the best new home in Britain, and this time Grand Designs is along for the ride

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The 10 Best Episodes of Grand Designs: House of the Year

Grand Designs: House of the Year - S6E1

#1 - Houses That Take You by Surprise (Season 6 - Episode 1)

In the first programme, Kevin and his co-presenters, architect Damion Burrows and design expert Michelle Ogundehin, visit five breathtaking houses competing for a place on the shortlist - a 1960s- inspired water tower in rural Norfolk, a 21st-century addition to a Victorian London street, a sleek beach house beside a busy south coast boatyard, a 14th-century fortress in Cumbria with a radically contemporary interior and a Georgian farmhouse with an angular, space-age extension

The episode was rated 8.36 from 11 votes.

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Grand Designs: House of the Year - S5E2

#2 - Surroundings (Season 5 - Episode 2)

A striking stone property in the middle of a nature reserve, a family home tucked away in south London, and a black timber box in Skye are some of the designs on view.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 15 votes.

Grand Designs: House of the Year - S6E3

#3 - Problem-Solving Houses (Season 6 - Episode 3)

Kevin McCloud, Damion Burrows and Michelle Ogundehin visit five properties that solve problems, including a modernist riverside house designed to withstand extreme floods, a modular timber home that elegantly resolves the challenges of building in a remote environment and a house that deploys discreet camouflage to blend into its overlooked setting. The others are a pared-back barn conversion that neatly sidesteps the pitfalls of restoring agricultural buildings and a Japanese-inspired house that proves a standard budget need not be an obstacle to building a bespoke home

The episode was rated 8.08 from 12 votes.

Grand Designs: House of the Year - S2E4

#4 - The Winner (Season 2 - Episode 4)

Kevin McCloud reveals the winner of the Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year 2016. First though, there are four extraordinary nominated houses to review, all of which offer a creative response to a tricky site. There is a house stitched into a wall that sits between a Zen courtyard and an English walled garden; a clever, open plan family home built in a former allotment; a house made from a group of red tin pods on a piece of urban wasteland; and a large, glamorous home in Northumberland that creatively pulls northern light through the house.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 19 votes.

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Grand Designs: House of the Year - S3E1

#5 - Local Materials (Season 3 - Episode 1)

Kevin McCloud visits homes in the running for the 2017 Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year. He is joined by architect Damion Burrows and Michelle Ogundehin, editor-at-large of Elle Decoration. In this episode, they visit five properties which draw on local materials and traditions, including a 21st-century shepherd's hut in Scotland.

The episode was rated 7.81 from 26 votes.

Grand Designs: House of the Year - S3E4

#6 - The Minimalists and the Winner (Season 3 - Episode 4)

Kevin McCloud reveals the winner of the most prestigious prize for residential architecture, the Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year 2017. But first, Kevin, the architect Damion Burrows and magazine editor Michelle Ogundehin sift the final category from the long list, all of them homes that share a pared-back, minimal look. Properties include a former caretaker's shed in London, and a small but perfectly formed home with oak panelling and sleek polished concrete floors. Last in the series.

The episode was rated 7.75 from 24 votes.

Grand Designs: House of the Year - S2E3

#7 - Space Makers (Season 2 - Episode 3)

Kevin McCloud reveals another five homes vying to be crowned House of the Year 2016. These are houses that create space out of the smallest sites. There's an ultra-stylish one bedroom live/work space with an experimental garden roof; the transformation of a dark mews into a light and airy family home; a beautiful blend of beach living and high architecture in Dungeness; a clever extension in Harrogate; and a narrow beachfront garage that's been made over into a stunning home packed with a large art collection.

The episode was rated 7.74 from 23 votes.

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Grand Designs: House of the Year - S4E1

#8 - Houses That Dare to Be Different (Season 4 - Episode 1)

Kevin McCloud visits homes in the running for the 2018 Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year, including a magnificent monolithic dark-rendered block in London, a controversial, cutting-edge glass modernist building in Henley, and a north London townhouse filled with Nicaraguan mahogany.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 27 votes.

Grand Designs: House of the Year - S1E3

#9 - House of the Year (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Kevin visits a luxurious city home, a glamorous Hollywood pad and a picture perfect, white modernist villa in north Wales

The episode was rated 7.61 from 36 votes.

Grand Designs: House of the Year - S1E4

#10 - The Final (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Kevin visits a timber and steel home in Dungeness, a pink brick house in Belfast and a mill in Scotland, before revealing the overall winner of the House of the Year 2015 award

The episode was rated 7.52 from 27 votes.

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Grand Designs: House of the Year - S1E2
#11 - House of the Year
7.43
Season 1 - Episode 2

Kevin McCloud explores another set of inspiring homes for the House of the Year Award, including one that's clad in bright orange metal and a spectacular hidden home

The episode was rated from 35 votes.
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Grand Designs: House of the Year - S2E1
#12 - Country Homes
7.41
Season 2 - Episode 1

In this first episode, Kevin and co profile five amazing country homes on the long-list for the prize: including a large house camouflaged within a hill; a loving restoration in Wiltshire of a prototype modernist retreat; a Scottish home that blends an agricultural exterior with a sleek modern interior; and a slice of spectacular California modernism in Cornwall. Kevin then reveals which of these homes will make it onto the final shortlist.

The episode was rated from 32 votes.
Grand Designs: House of the Year - S5E1
#13 - Experimental
7.40
Season 5 - Episode 1

Houses featured include a home in Eton made entirely from cork, an innovative Derbyshire stone cottage, and an extraordinary ultra-low-energy house in Buckinghamshire.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
Grand Designs: House of the Year - S2E2
#14 - Boundary Pushers
7.36
Season 2 - Episode 2

Kevin, Zac and Damion profile five homes that are testbeds for architectural ideas, pushing the boundaries for residential design: a cool, concealed house built from glass and concrete; an uber-creative Wallace and Gromit-style house in Edinburgh squeezed onto a disused plot; a gorgeous, low-slung modern home in Cumbria camouflaged with stone; an experimental extension in London with a Japanese flavour; and an elegant house in Buckinghamshire that combines sustainability with glamour. Kevin then reveals which one has made it onto the shortlist and is in with a chance of winning House of the Year 2016.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.
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Grand Designs: House of the Year - S4E3
#15 - Extreme Houses
7.23
Season 4 - Episode 3

Kevin and his fellow judges visit an awe-inspiring set of cantilevered black boxes, a far-flung crofter's cottage, a curvy concrete property, and a wedge house

The episode was rated from 22 votes.
Grand Designs: House of the Year - S3E2
#16 - Water
7.20
Season 3 - Episode 2

Kevin McCloud, Damion Burrows, and Michelle Ogundehin look at five more inspiring homes in the running for the Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year 2017. This episode considers homes with a watery connection, including a glamorous, white, curvy, cliff top residence with extensive views over the English Channel.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
Grand Designs: House of the Year - S4E4
#17 - The Final
7.18
Season 4 - Episode 4

Kevin visits homes on the longlist that use materials in interesting ways, before revealing the overall winner of House of the Year 2018

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
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Grand Designs: House of the Year - S1E1
#18 - Country Living
7.09
Season 1 - Episode 1

Kevin McCloud visits five homes built for country living, from a farmhouse in Somerset to a stunning modern glass villa with a spectacular jagged roof

The episode was rated from 44 votes.
Grand Designs: House of the Year - S4E2
#19 - Houses with a Past
6.85
Season 4 - Episode 2

Kevin McCloud, architect Damion Burrows and design expert Michelle Ogundehin visit five more inspiring homes in the running for the 2018 Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year, including an old Victorian gin distillery in east London transformed into a remarkable modern home, and a turn-of-the-century farmhouse in Devon given new life mixing the traditional with the contemporary. The team also visit a Grade II listed house in Bath, a derelict farmhouse over 400 years old, and a house with a mirrored library at its centre.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
Grand Designs: House of the Year - S3E3
#20 - Homes in the Country
6.76
Season 3 - Episode 3

Kevin McCloud, architect Damion Burrows and magazine editor Michelle Ogundehin review homes in the country. There's a luxurious tree house in Dorset that shows off the wonder of wood, and an awe-inspiring cantilevered concrete home on the Isle of Purbeck, with floor-to-ceiling glazing. Plus, a property with a cluster of zinc-clad boxes imitating local traditional Scottish farmsteads, and a 17th-century Devon barn that's been sensitively restored for modern living. But which will be shortlisted for the Royal Institute of British Architects House of the Year 2017?

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
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Last updated: nov 26, 2022

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