Grand Designs

10 Best Episodes of Grand Designs - Season 1

Kevin McCloud follows people as they build their dream house, often focusing on modern design, energy efficiency, maximizing space and views.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 10, 2023.

PS: The following content contains spoilers!

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Grand Designs - S1E7

#10 - The House of Straw (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Kevin McCloud is in lslington where Jeremy Till and Sarah Wigglesworth have come up with a highly experimental design for a home/office.

The episode was rated 6.38 from 37 votes.

Grand Designs - S1E8

#9 - The Glass-House (Season 1 - Episode 8)


Kevin McCloud travels to Doncaster where Michael Hird and Lindsay Harwood are building a futuristic glass and steel house in a suburb of Doncaster.

The episode was rated 6.47 from 43 votes.

Grand Designs - S1E5

#8 - The Eco-House (Season 1 - Episode 5)

A Suffolk couple plan an environmentally friendly house with solar heating, grey water systems and reclaimed materials.

The episode was rated 6.67 from 48 votes.

Grand Designs - S1E9

#7 - Revisited - Doncaster: The Glass House (Season 1 - Episode 9)


Kevin McCloud travels back to Doncaster to catch up with self-builders Michael Hird and Lindsay Harwood and their futuristic glass and steel house in a suburb of Doncaster.

The episode was rated 6.87 from 15 votes.

Grand Designs - S1E6

#6 - The Chapel (Season 1 - Episode 6)

Kevin McCloud travels to Cornwall to visit Gavin Allen and Jane Fitzsimons, who are trying to convert a chapel into a home and a teleworking office for Jane.

The episode was rated 6.91 from 47 votes.

Grand Designs - S1E3

#5 - The Co-Op (Season 1 - Episode 3)


This project was a co-operative venture - 10 young families each put in 30 hours of construction work per week. Kevin travels to Brighton to meet a co-operative of ten young families, including ex-travellers and single parents, who are building both their own and each others homes. A housing association bought the land from the council for £58,000. Paul then worked with the association to put the co-operative together. All the members were people on the council's housing list.

The episode was rated 6.98 from 58 votes.

Grand Designs - S1E2

#4 - The English Barn (Season 1 - Episode 2)

Kevin travels to Oxfordshire to meet the Randolphs, who built their first house 10 years ago and now, in their 70s, have decided to do it all again!

The episode was rated 7.05 from 63 votes.

Grand Designs - S1E1

#3 - The Timber Frame Kit House (Season 1 - Episode 1)


A couple in Newhaven face a race against time as they build their dream home on windswept cliff-top site in time for the birth of their baby.

The episode was rated 7.08 from 109 votes.

Grand Designs - S1E4

#2 - The Water Tower (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Kevin McCloud travels to Amersham, where a couple plan to design an 'invisible' house, blending in with the earth banks of the surrounding reservoirs.

The episode was rated 7.29 from 63 votes.

Grand Designs - S1E16

#1 - Revisited (2) - Amersham: The Water Tower (Season 1 - Episode 16)


Kevin is in Amersham for a second update on a project taken on by Deborah and architect Andrew. Their venture involved designing an 'invisible' house that blended in with the surrounding reservoirs.

The episode was rated 7.33 from 15 votes.

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