Grand Designs

10 Best Episodes of Grand Designs - Season 3

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!

PPS: I will admit that parts of this page was written with the help of AI - it makes my work so much easier to not start from a blank page!

Grand Designs - S3E4

#7 - The Victorian Threshing Barn (Season 3 - Episode 4)

For Philip and Angela, the build was part of a life change that had begun two years earlier. Just after their second daughter was born, Philip fell seriously ill, prompting the family to leave London and move back to his parents' village. Acquiring the site was easy, as Philip's parents owned it. Getting planning permission took longer, and a crucial factor in their success was that they would be restoring the outside of the barn and keeping the innovation hidden

The episode was rated 6.65 from 23 votes.

Grand Designs - S3E1

#6 - The Wooden Box (Season 3 - Episode 1)


'Is it a bold contemporary design or a garden shed?' John and Terri found themselves asking, halfway into their build. They had knocked down a derelict house in a beautiful rural setting and commissioned commercial architects to build them a new one. But was it too small for them, their young son and the baby on the way?

The episode was rated 6.73 from 37 votes.

Grand Designs - S3E2

#5 - The Water-Works (Season 3 - Episode 2)

The 1930s derelict water-works Chris and Leanne fell in love with was huge and its design had clearly been inspired by Gilbert Scott's Bankside power station, now better known as the Tate Modern. But nothing would deter the couple. 'We looked at it,' said Chris, 'and saw our home.'

The episode was rated 7.00 from 34 votes.

Grand Designs - S3E3

#4 - The Woodsmans Cottage (Season 3 - Episode 3)


For 10 years, Ben lived in tents and caravans in a wood in West Sussex. As a woodsman, he needed and wanted to live among the trees. But after a battle with planning he finally got permission to build himself a house with more creature comforts. He invited volunteers to help him build one by hand, from the materials growing around him.

The episode was rated 7.28 from 36 votes.

Grand Designs - S3E5

#3 - The Inverted-Roof House (Season 3 - Episode 5)

Tom and Judy wanted more than just a home for themselves and their two children. On a site of outstanding natural beauty in Buckinghamshire, they set out to build an ambitious house - a symphony of angles, glass walls and exposed steel, with a dramatic inverted roof. Tom made himself site manager and main contractor. He had no experience but he liked a challenge - and, after all, how difficult could it be?

The episode was rated 7.30 from 27 votes.

Grand Designs - S3E6

#2 - The Terrace Conversion (Season 3 - Episode 6)


After 10 years of living in a small house in east London, John and Eleni hankered after modern, open-plan living. They didn't want to move, so they decided to give their Victorian terrace home a radical redesign. The house was in a conservation area, so the outside had to remain unchanged. Inside, however, they decided to rip out everything including walls, ceilings, floors and start again.

The episode was rated 7.32 from 25 votes.

Grand Designs - S3E7

#1 - The Underground House (Season 3 - Episode 7)

The old quarry stood on a slope of the Eden valley and commanded beautiful views. Local architect John Bodger designed a two-storey house that burrowed backwards into the rock and made maximum use of natural resources for light, warmth and power

The episode was rated 7.52 from 23 votes.

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