Predictably, the design was running out of time and the budget was too high, but Kevin McCloud’s wordless desperation laid a solid foundation

Do you have € 4? 5 million for a water house with an underground swimming pool? Great Do you mind if it’s in a cemetery? They do? Honestly, some people are so picky

Grand Designs (Channel 4) returned for its 21st Series back with a glorious episode. Former Army Captain Justin Maxwell Stuart, who became the leader of extreme fishing expeditions, wanted to build a “real house” like his 900 year old family home where Mary the Queen of Scots once lived. His answer was one to buy an abandoned cemetery shack and an adjoining public toilet block in Fulham, the main attraction of which was the promise of exclusive after-hours access to the cemetery itself. His cousin, Lady Maxwell Stuart, described this as one of Justin’s “left-of-center decisions”

Grand Designs Bingo Card Ready Did the project meet the specified timeframe? Let’s just say Justin planned this as a home for himself and his son George, but when it was built George was a full boarder and only came home once every two weeks, an unexpected problem that caused construction to stall are? Yes, a pandemic. Was there a dubious moment with some large panes of glass? Of course

And the big one: has it exceeded budget? “There is a tremendous amount of fear in my mind that I am falling into a catastrophic financial black hole,” said Justin, who I think is the slogan on the back of the official Grand Designs t-shirt So he did what I guess what a person to the left of center does when they’re mortgaged all the way and an extra million pounds on the construction bill: he commissioned a huge wine cellar and installed a medieval chain mail waterfall by the underground pool, “You got it.” cost? ” Kevin McCloud asked “No, not really,” Justin replied. The program called this “eccentric” but an alternate description would be “loaded”

It was possible to gauge the sanity of the project by simply turning off the sound and watching McCloud’s facial expressions run the gamut from “Are you sure this is totally wise?” to “What the hell are you doing man?” McCloud wasn’t convinced by the idea of ​​living in a cemetery (“I mean, you have a lot of neighbors, but they’re all dead”), nor were the builders who refused to work on it. The council eventually refused permission to To have special access to the graves at night, much to Justin’s disappointment

The end result was a beautiful house. Was it £ 45 million worth beautiful? Well, they say a house is worth what someone is willing to pay for it From Justin’s point of view, the answer was a resounding yes

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