Grand Designs Live

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! 

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The man of the hour, Kevin McCloud. 

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What home expo would be complete without a massive sweets section? 

Are you a fan of Kevin McCloud and Grand Designs? Or would you ever want to build your own home? 

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  • I can’t go to those exhibitions any more as I get way too much envy (By the way, you are more than welcome to install an Amanda-cave in my garden – the catch is battling your way through the jungle first…)

  • We also love Grand Designs (and love dreaming of homes we’ll never afford). πŸ™‚
    We’re huge fans of tiny houses too. I’m sure the movement will catch at some point in the UK. I recently saw this one and I’m kind of obsessing over it:

    I would’ve loved to go to Grand Designs Live (too bad we’re arriving in London on sunday, otherwise, we would’ve gone!).

    Looks like you had a lot of fun!

  • Ala

    Oh I love home expos! I also love those garden pods that swivel round – ingenious! Sounds like you had a fun time x

  • I was proud that one of my friends from school won the chance to exhibit a stand at this show! It looks like a really great day out! Alice xx

    • Oh wow! That is amazing! Do you know which stand it was? x

      • No I don’t sadly, I couldn’t make it to the show, but her company is called Charlotte Froud interiors πŸ™‚ x

  • Oh I would be ALL about this!

    • It made me want to build my own house (amongst other things that I’m probably not actually capable of) x

  • That looks so interesting! Great place to be, shame I have missed it. Find me at & Have a lovely day, Iga x

  • I also LOOOOOOVE tiny homes! A friend of mine actually built one:

    (Scroll down to the second picture). I think I could live in one! I might eventually crave a HOUSE house, but man this would be just PERFECT on the road πŸ™‚

  • I love Grand Designs!!! I would never be able to build my own home, but I love watching others do it. Is Grand Designs Live a yearly thing? I want to go!

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  • hehe, I’m glad your bf has an appreciation for Kevin now! πŸ˜‰ x

  • Amy @ the tide that left

    I heart Kevin McCloud. He would so be one of my dinner guests. Mr Tide has been trying to win me over to the Tiny Home movement forever and I’m finally coming round. It’s totally unrealistic of course, unless I build two tiny homes for each of us. They just look so amazing.

    • Me too! I just think he’s fabulous! I’d like to “test drive” a tiny home, so to speak. Just to see if I could do it, didn’t feel claustrophobic etc, etc. They are just so darn cool! x