Grand Designs

10 Best Episodes of Grand Designs - Season 8

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 - S8E4

#8 - The Gothic House (Season 8 - Episode 4)

Jo and Shaun Bennett want to build an Addams Family style Gothic house with a £400,000 budget. With the challenge growing bigger than they ever imagined they face financial problems and struggle to stay within their budget.

The episode was rated 6.89 from 36 votes.

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#7 - The Underground House (Season 8 - Episode 1)


A couple who live in a Regency house in Cheltenham that is expensive to run decide to sell up and build a modern low maintenance house in their back garden. However, height restrictions mean they have to build 60 per cent of their new home underground and neighbours make 90 complaints about their planning application. Undeterred, the pair continue as planned, but the project encounters further problems including the departure of the builders.

The episode was rated 7.46 from 28 votes.

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#6 - The Wooden Box: Revisited (Season 8 - Episode 8)

Kevin McCloud drops in at John and Terri Westlake's self-built, contemporary wooden home, which has a wall made entirely of glass and great views across open countryside near Peterborough.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 23 votes.

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#5 - Masseria Impisi: An Artists' Retreat: Revisited (Season 8 - Episode 7)


Kevin McCloud revisits artists David Westby and Leonie Whitton three years after they bought an olive farm in the Puglia region of Italy and planned to convert it into a home on a budget of £25,000. The project proved difficult due to their lack of experience and problems with Italian planning laws. When the presenter last visited they had built a guest house but their own residence was untouched.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 35 votes.

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#4 - The Modernist Sugar Cube (Season 8 - Episode 3)

An architect plans to build a new house for his family using only white materials. He ends up using stuff more commonly used in commercial buildings.

The episode was rated 7.67 from 33 votes.

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#3 - The Lime Kiln House (Season 8 - Episode 5)


Pru and Richard Irvine plan to build a bespoke family home in the Midlothian countryside, but the plot of land is an old industrial site with lime kilns and they come with conditions.

The episode was rated 7.71 from 28 votes.

Grand Designs - S8E2

#2 - The Decagon House (Season 8 - Episode 2)

Henry Chopping finds his plans to build a new home in Oxford hampered by a listed wall and planning restrictions. With a budget of over three quarters of a million Henry is determined to make his dream home a reality.

The episode was rated 7.72 from 32 votes.

Grand Designs - S8E6

#1 - The Bath Kit House (Season 8 - Episode 6)


Bath may be famous for its Georgian architecture, but Tiffany Wood and her husband Jonny have chosen it as the location to build themselves a striking Modernist home.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 29 votes.

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