Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to receive press tickets to attend Grand Designs Live at the Excel Centre. Here’s a confession: Sam and I both watch Grand Designs regularly, mostly for Kevin McCloud’s snakiness, but also for the gorgeous homes. (Sidenote: Why does everyone think that they are going to be the ones that are drastically under budget? 9 times out of 10 everyone goes way over the budget. And then we get to heckle the tv.) I’ve met Kevin before. I was on a girl’s weekend out in Somerset at the family home of a friend near Frome. We were out on a big walk and ran into him as he was out walking his dog. He was perfectly nice.
I’ve also been slightly obsessed with Tiny Homes ever since getting sucked in to “Tiny Home Nation”. I keep telling myself that I could live that way, although I’m not entirely convinced that’s true in my heart of hearts. With these two loves combined, I happily journeyed out to the Excel Centre.
For me the most interesting sections were the dreamy kitchens, the interiors and the gardens. (No real surprise there, right?) If I was designing my own home a huge spacious, airy, light kitchen with massive counter-space would be a top priority for me. As you can probably guess, my finances greatly spare me from this worry so they were just eye-candy for the time being.
I also adored some of the tricked out garden sheds. Some of those sheds for relaxing were fancier than our flat. I could practically live in one. In fact, anyone want to let me install a house shed in the bottom of their garden to live in?
My biggest regret of the day was that there weren’t actually any tiny homes showcased. Drat. They missed a trick with that one!
Are you a fan of Kevin McCloud and Grand Designs? Or would you ever want to build your own home?