Grand Designs

10 Best Episodes of Grand Designs - Season 23

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 - S23E10

#10 - Bolton Revisit (Season 23 - Episode 10)

In 2015, Paul and Carol’s plans to build a fortress-like home on the edge of the wild West Pennine Moors were thwarted when they ran out of money and time. Have the finally finished it?

The episode was rated 7.60 from 25 votes.

Grand Designs - S23E2

#9 - Tunbridge Wells (Season 23 - Episode 2)


Kate and Rob replace their 1940s past-it prefab with a bespoke, modern, factory-built home using volumetric modular construction. But will it feel like the characterful home they dream of?

The episode was rated 7.63 from 32 votes.

Grand Designs - S23E1

#8 - South Manchester (Season 23 - Episode 1)

Kevin McCloud follows more ambitious self-builds. In south Manchester, can Colin and Adele overcome contractor issues and financial ruin to build their eye-popping curved glass home?

The episode was rated 7.68 from 37 votes.

Grand Designs - S23E7

#7 - Sydenham Hill, London (Season 23 - Episode 7)


Corinne plans to build a beautifully crafted, wedge-shaped home on a slither of garden down the side of the house she’s lived in for 24 years. But it sits in a strict conservation area…

The episode was rated 7.74 from 34 votes.

Grand Designs - S23E3

#6 - Canterbury (Season 23 - Episode 3)

Ship’s captain Dorran promised his family he’d build a super-modern underground lair on a hill outside Canterbury. But as the epic build hits choppy waters, will Dorran fulfil their dream?

The episode was rated 7.82 from 28 votes.

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#5 - South Somerset Revisit (Season 23 - Episode 9)


In 2015, Vicky and Ed set out to transform a derelict cowshed into a 21st-century smallholding in Somerset. Six years on, how much has this wildly ambitious project changed their lives?

The episode was rated 7.88 from 25 votes.

Grand Designs - S23E4

#4 - Chess Valley (Season 23 - Episode 4)

Zimbabwean-born Davi and Matt from Australia set out to build a house in the Chess Valley with a radical multicultural design. Can they deliver, or will it end up just a mishmash of ideas?

The episode was rated 7.88 from 34 votes.

Grand Designs - S23E5

#3 - Derbyshire (Season 23 - Episode 5)


In Derbyshire, Mike and Sarah set out to build a multigenerational longhouse. But with a complicated roof, a shortage of materials and an unexpected bereavement, it proves far from easy…

The episode was rated 7.90 from 30 votes.

Grand Designs - S23E6

#2 - Dunstable (Season 23 - Episode 6)

In Dunstable, John and his wife Helen demolish an old, dilapidated house and in its place build a million-pound, high-tech, accessible glass pavilion, complete with wildlife garden.

The episode was rated 8.03 from 33 votes.

Grand Designs - S23E8

#1 - North Devon Revisit (Season 23 - Episode 8)


In 2011, Edward and Hazel set out to build a lighthouse on the north Devon coast. By 2019, they were near bankruptcy with just a rusting shell. Three years on, has anything changed?

The episode was rated 8.06 from 32 votes.

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