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Just watching the Grand Designs show - with Barry the property developer who lives in Brighton's most moneyed suburb and he descides to build a 4-stroey modern mansion (costing £1.3 million) with pool, gym, 6 en-suite bedrooms - lots of glass and probably a real coffee machine as well.

Date: Mid 2007.

This is good car crash TV.

To see someone blow their wealth on a giant knob statement.

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I presume it's a repeat because I seem to remember him having real problems finishing it.

Been on the market since Feb. 2010:

http://newsfrombrighton.co.uk/brighton-property-news/grand-designs-house-in-brighton-for-sale/

£3.5m since Feb 3rd:

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/new-homes/property-14585526.html

Advertised as a 'new home.'

Edited by deflation

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I presume it's a repeat because I seem to remember him having real problems finishing it.

Don't ruin it for me!!! :P

They are putting up the cuved bits of steel at the moment.

If one is even slightly wrong - the whole build will be in deep dog do-do! :huh:

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So this is the house that had a motorbike on the wall?

interesting.

the show is spending about 10 minutes talking about the staircase - made of concrete that will be a "work of art"

I think that's a bit of a waste of time and the last time I was in IKEA - you could buy one there - buy as many steps as you like for about £90 for each step - not bad eh?

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I quite like Grand Designs, but the thing that always makes me laugh, is that for the whole show Kevin will walk round saying the house could end up an absolute disaster.

Then at the end of the show he will invariably say - What an absolute triumph!

I think there have only been a couple he hasn't liked, one was some eco burrow that he said could be too dark. They finished it - it was too dark.

The other slightly annoying thing being every interior of every house ends up being the same shining white minimalist interior design catalogue advert.

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8 weeks behind schedule, over budget and after a heart-attack (he's just had a quadruple bypass). :blink:

And he's decided to save £165k by not using curved glass in his build. Instead just plain glass. :huh:

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It's on with a different agent as well:

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/new-homes/property-25940479.html

The most expensive house for sale in Brighton by £500k. :blink:

There is another much better one in the same road for a cool £1 million LESS.

I have been past that ugly monstrosity for £3.5m a few times and it beggars belief that planning consent was ever granted. It is squeezed into a corner, does not fit the style of homes in the rest of the road and has far too much glass. It looks more like a Blair academy (and with a poor Ofsted report).

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So how much money did he spend on it? I assume he has been paying a mortgage/ loans for last 3 years?

About £1 million on the build + 685k I think for the plot and house (knocked-down)

he owned next door and bought the house on the other side.

The overall message was that they hoped that they could sell up and live in the big house with loads of money.

Instead they probably lost serveral hundred of thousands of pounds as well as a few years life expectancy.

Building your own home is the biggest self-indulgence available to the Boomer Generation.

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About £1 million on the build + 685k I think for the plot and house (knocked-down)

he owned next door and bought the house on the other side.

The overall message was that they hoped that they could sell up and live in the big house with loads of money.

Instead they probably lost serveral hundred of thousands of pounds as well as a few years life expectancy.

Building your own home is the biggest self-indulgence available to the Boomer Generation.

I wouldn't have said the Grand Design's candidate was typically boomer.

Mostly, seem to be trendy professional types who, I think, found their jobs to be rather less exciting than the career's adviser had led them to believe.

Consequently, they've decided to use their joint professional incomes to mortage themselves up to the hilt to self-build (which really means pretending to project manage by disrupting builders and tradespeople with constant plan changes) something which when completed is indistinguishable from a car showroom.

I think some are trying to create their dream living space but, a good number are only in it because they think they can sell the monstrosity on to the much plugged new super-rich class, for a huge profit, launching their new careers in 'property development'.

Once upon a time, of course, borrrowing money for these sorts of indulgences would have been all but impossible.

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I've never been able to stand this programme.

Most weeks it's just a completely pretentious w4nkfest, full of breathless voiceover about "the build" (I have sooo come to hate that f**king expression - where do you EVER hear it, except on property porn?) by Kevin excited-and-awed Wossname.

And WTF, pray, is a "Master Bedroom Pod" as advertised in this monstrosity? You go to sleep in the middle of a group of bleeding whales, or something?!

The sooner this whole putrid genre is history, the better for our entire nation.

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