Grand Designs scored ‘comedy gold’ as guy builds overwater bungalow in floodplain
Grand Designs viewers were divided by an ambitious project built on an Essex floodplain, with Kevin McCloud giving a neutral review.
Former East End boxer Geoff Wood sold his £ 1.5million Spanish villa to build the project which cost him £ 700,000 in construction costs, as seen in the episode of Wednesday (October 13) from the Channel 4 show.
The 63-year-old had just retired and divorced and said it was “his time” to follow his dreams and also live closer to his daughter Scarlette.
Its design was a building raised 4.5 meters above the ground on metal supports, necessary because of its position next to the Blackwater Estuary.
Geoff said, “Because it’s on a floodplain, it’s built to withstand a flood once in a thousand years.”
Viewers called the project “comedy gold” when it was besieged by problems including the loss of plans and the collapse of the Spanish property market before his villa was sold.
One viewer said: “#GrandDesigns is pure comedy gold.”
“Well, that was the most mental Grand Design in a while!” Another user commented.
The end result was a technical success and Kevin McCloud noted that he was structurally sound, but he couldn’t find much to comment on on the design.
“You are a man of interesting tastes,” he says when shown around the interior.
One viewer joked on Twitter, “Geoff literally built himself a trailer but 15 feet off the ground.
“It’s literally the same color #granddesigns.”
A second tweeted: “So the guy who kept saying ‘I’ll never be beaten’ has been beaten … multiple times.
“The designs were superb and the end result was disappointing. Overwater bungalow. #GrandDesigns.”
But someone else wrote: “Really enjoyed this #GrandDesigns Nice to see someone decorate their home however they want, instead of for the likes of Instagram.”
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