Grand Designs Saturday 26th April 2014

Saturday 26th April 2014 01.50-02.55


Kevin McCloud follows Lysette and Nigel Offley, who are knocking down an old Thames boathouse and constructing a cutting-edge home in its place. Taking inspiration from the river itself, they have designed a building of waves and curves with a huge glass porthole for a roof light. But problems begin almost from the start, as they cannot find a contractor willing to build over the water, their architect leaves unexpectedly and the costs turn out much higher than expected. To make matters worse, the neighbours are not happy about such a radical sight in their traditional community. As they begin to compromise, Kevin wonders if the couple’s dreams will ever be realised.


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