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Contact our showroom: 0115 965 7920 Editor’s Letter below Grand Designs is now in its eighth series; get in touch if you’re planning to build your dream home
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WelcomeMygranddesignshaveincludedasleek,modern new-build; a renovated, Victorian house; and a converted Gothic mansion. Currently, it’s a Sixties terraced townhouse, which has been updated with all the latest mod cons – a cutting-edge white gloss kitchen, folding, sliding doors leading from the kitchen into the garden, wood flooring and gleaming whitewashed walls (probably not the best option for a four-year-old who has a habit of running his grubby fingers along them!).
None of these are on the same scale as the artists’ barn in Essex from the new TV series – it’s a truly unique home. It was great viewing, but if you missed it or want to see more of the place, we’ve revisited owners Ben Coode-Adams and Freddie Robins to bring you an exclusive look at their quirky-yet-impressive property, which features their beloved collection of objects displayed in glass cases. Turn to p46.
Another great exclusive this month is TV architect George Clarke’s new basement space – he’s cleverly dug down to increase the living space in his London home (p56). To find out if this is an option for your property, turn to p146, where you will find all the advice and information you need in our grand guide to basement conversions, which also includes five clever real projects. Other inspiring homes in this issue include an urban new-build in Australia, which Brian Zulaikha and Janet Laurence turned from an old gunpowder store into a modern harbourside home (p62); and the remodelled terraced home of Catherine Kanter – architect Robert Dye came up with a design that retains the Victorian charm of the original building yet suits the demands of family living (p76). Both very different, but equally interesing.
Also with this issue is your free 32-page guide to home technolgy – read through it and you’ll find all the musthave gadgets to bring your home bang up to date. Enjoy.
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GRAND DESIGNS / NOVEMBER 2011 /13