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Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by spidermanalf, Feb 13, 2003.

  1. spidermanalf

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    Did anyone see last nights???

    It was a very expensive box!!!

    Looked nice, but was very small, and as always in these house programs, I looked for and could not see a television.

    Where do they put them?? I could not see anywhere where they could put it without spoiling the overall effect!

    And I do not think it was worth 300+K
     
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    Why would anyone deliberately build a two bed house and then have a second kid? They could easily have made it a three bed and utilised some of the wasted space above the living area.

    How on earth are they supposed to change the light bulbs 25 feet up?

    Location - very nice.

    Design - ugly

    Practicality - non existant

    Cost - way over the top
     
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    They should have kicked the architect (who specialised in offices, not that you would ever guess!!!) into touch, and renovayed that magnificent cottage and put big windows into that!!

    That house has minimal resell value for the area it is in!
     
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    I wonder if there are skeletons in the Property Ladder and Grand Designs closet where the people have lost out big-time - I do not recall seeing an episode where anyone has lost money....
    I can't believe how they can publicise/glorify totally financially inept people who make a profit through sheer luck - last night they needed the mortgage company to value the "box" at £100k over what they had in the bank (after the overruns) just to cover their costs - UNBELIEVABLE!
     
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    A ridiculous 'house' where style completely over-ruled substance, the architect should have been shot. did you see the size of the kid's bedroom?!:eek: I wouldn't expect a specially designed house costing £300k to have any box rooms. utter muppets.
     
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    The way they financed it was incredible, as mentioned above.

    The house was small, its width was 10 metres, and its depth was 9/10 I think, which is small.


    I think that would make excellent viewing!!!

    Did anyone see Carol Vordermas better homes? They did one near me in Ossett, and their value went up 20K AFTER spending 58K on it!!!! But they did not mention that part!
     
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    I agree that the place wasn't practical but neither is a ferrari and I'd have one tomorrow. If no-one were to ever build anything this off the wall we'd still be building from lumps of rocks or living in caves. I wouldn't shell out 300k for the place but if I ever did want to build my own place I know I'd be very interested in a method that got me from foundations to roof level in a week.

    I don't imagine a 10 week series detailing the "exciting" world of Barrat homes would get commisioned by channel four - the "GRAND" element of the design is the point of the show after all and I for one love seeing the stars going wildly over budget, over timescale and over board!

    BTW, Think about it Fouldsie. Planned 5 month build, hideous over run due to the windows and the young 'un was only born after they moved in - She wasn't even pregnant when they started!

    All the best

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    ChrisA - I appreciate she wasn't pregnant when they started but surely they must have been thinking about it - these things don't (usually) happen overnight.

    I'd have thought they could have at least planned ahead. They're now in a situation where two kids will be crammed into one small bedroom. Not ideal I'm sure you'll agree.

    I agree though that watching Barrett homes being built doesn't make rivetting viewing but where do they get these people?:smashin:
     
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    Fouldsie,

    I agree - forward planning would have been good and at 300K I'd not have thought there was a huge resale market with only two bedrooms. Still, maybe junior wasn't part of their plans and Kev McC did mention that the study downstairs was to double as a spare room.

    I've often wondered, as you mention, where they get people for these documentaries. Is there a "wanna be famous" magazine I've missed?! Have you seen the Wife swap programmes or better still, the made for each other thing that is on before Grand designs? Last weeks was a peach when they were asked if they ticked each others boxes in the bedroom. It's not even like theyr're anaymous. Are people really that desperate for fame?

    C
     
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    and not even Sarah Beeney to gaze at...

    Given their pre-ocuupation with "views" why did the childrens bedroom just have a small window up near the ceiling?
    D
     
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    Don't get me thinking about Sarah Beeney I'm supposed to be working!!!:D
     
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    HMMMMMMMMMMMm, grrrrrrrrrr dam you semi!! Now I cannot go get a drink!!
     
  14. Dave N

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    lets face it , Sarah would never have allowed them to build that small square box travesty- she's have made them build something rounder, larger and altogether more voluptous with at least two unique selling points....
     
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    Theres never a tissue around when you need one..........
     
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    damn, damn, damn.......
     
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    Did someone mention Sarah Beeney? :eek: :eek: small but perfectly formed.

    As for Grand Designs, the house reminded me of a public library.:thumbsdow
     
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    I consider Grand Designs and No Going Back to be the only jewels left in the formerly exciting programming of C4.

    I personally would not choose to build this type of home but I do applaud the bravery or foolishness of the couple that did.

    It was apparent that they reallly did have serious doubts about the house as the project reached fruition but after risking everything on it they had to reconvince themselves by weighing the positives against the negatives.

    At least they have a lovely location in which they can live in relative peace and quiet. A pity they didn't consider using the existing cottage upon which to build instead of indulging a pretentious architects impractical desires.
     
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    Hi Sie,

    Spidermanalf made the same point about rennovating the cottage on the land but it was their architect friend who put them off the idea by spelling out what they could have for the same money.

    Personally I think that despite the poor "shed like" appearance of the back and the lack of bedrooms, the place looked stunning from the front.

    Roll on the next installment

    C
     
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    Hello Chris,

    I think you may have mistaken the front of the house for the back. The windowed side was the back, the front just looked very plain and boring. As someone else has said the front door looked like a nasty MDF constructed temporary office entrance set into the boxlike construction with barely complimentary tiny slit windows, yuck!

    I would have estimated that they could have had the best of both worlds by tendering the design to more architects and insisting that the front of the house be constructed by using the existing structure of the cottage. The new building could have then been constructed as more of an extension to the rear of the structure.

    I really don't think that renovation or reconstruction really needed to cost as much as a new development but I don't work in that field and I am not into style over substance. :devil:

    That said the interior was a lot more pleasing than the exterior but so many sacrifices were unneccesary in my opinion.
     
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    Sarah Beeney? small??? Not an adjective I'd use...lol
     
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    I saw a bit of a problem with the house. The design was clearly a 'look at me!' show-off statement. But where it was built, no-one would see it!

    I agree that it seemed a complete nonsense to spend so much money on such a mediocre design. There have been some marvellous designs on the series (I loved the cross-shaped oak-framed design?) but this looked like an 80's industrial unit to me. There's loads of buildings that are dead similar to it in Milton Keynes, especially in Stacey Bushes.
     
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    "Stacey Bushes"

    Sounds like my porn name :D :clap:
     

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