Grand Designs

10 Best Episodes of Grand Designs - Season 11

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.

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#9 - The Large Timber-framed Barn (Season 11 - Episode 4)

Kevin McCloud follows the conversion of a large, Grade II-listed timber-framed barn in Essex into a family home and work-space by artists Freddie Robbins and Ben Coode-Adams. Their plans involve few interior walls to display their collection of toys, but at seven times the size of an average three-bedroom house, the transformation of the 500-year-old building proves extremely challenging.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 46 votes.

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#8 - The Eco Arch: Revisited (Season 11 - Episode 9)


Kevin returns to the Weald of Kent and one of the most innovative houses ever featured on Grand Designs: a highly experimental arch-shaped home built from clay tiles.

The episode was rated 7.59 from 22 votes.

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#7 - The Contemporary Mansion (Season 11 - Episode 2)

Paul and Penny are tearing down their million pound home in south London to build a contemporary mansion. But the challenge of building a complex home soon starts to bite.

The episode was rated 7.62 from 53 votes.

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#6 - The Dilapidated Engine House (Season 11 - Episode 6)


Ever since he was a child, stonemason Adam Purchase has loved the old silver mine engine houses that characterise Cornwall's landscape. When he and his partner Nicola Brennan chanced upon a dilapidated Grade II listed engine house with planning permission to turn into a home, it was a dream come true. But converting this important historic ruin into a place to live was never going to be easy. The building itself was little more than a shell, with crumbling plant-infested walls and no roof, windows or floors: a challenge for even the most experienced builders like Adam. Meanwhile the banks refuse to lend them more than £100k, which Adam and Nicola both know is barely enough to get them through. Still, driven by their passion for old buildings, Nicola agrees to support Adam while he takes a year off work to complete the project.

The episode was rated 7.69 from 45 votes.

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#5 - The Derelict Mill Cottage (Season 11 - Episode 1)

Kevin McCloud looks at the transformation of a derelict mill cottage in Northumberland into a contemporary family home, the longest-running project ever featured on the programme. Stefan Lepkowski and Annia Shabowska began work in 2006, and their ambitious plans involved restoring the Georgian building, reconstructing a watermill and adding a steel-and-glass atrium, but their budget of £250,000 was completely inadequate.

The episode was rated 7.70 from 56 votes.

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#4 - The Recycled Timber-framed House (Season 11 - Episode 5)


Kevin McCloud meets estate manager Ed Waghorn and his wife Rowena, a couple living an almost self-sufficient life with their four children on a smallholding in Herefordshire. They have been constructing a timber-framed house using recycled materials, wood from nearby forests and stone from around the site, but as construction becomes a way of life for Ed they seem to have lost sight of their goal.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 39 votes.

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#3 - The Lifeboat Station (Season 11 - Episode 3)

Kevin follows the progress being made as Tim and Philomena O'Donovan, convert a lifeboat station in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, into a contemporary home.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 40 votes.

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#2 - The Dome House: Revisited (Season 11 - Episode 8)


Kevin revisits Robert and Milla a year after their ambitious Lake District eco home seemed on the verge of running out of money. Have the couple completed their visionary timber home?

The episode was rated 8.00 from 28 votes.

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#1 - The Disco Home (Season 11 - Episode 7)

Claire and Ian try to build a home big enough for a disco on a small plot at the end of a London mews. But as angry locals begin to object to their plans, things start to go awry.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 28 votes.

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