A few years ago, I watched on TV Grand Designs with great interest. I also bought a few issues of the Grand Designs magazine. But that time is long gone since neither is available in Canada at this point in time.
It is not that the brand has not continued to grow. Kevin McCloud expanded it with the Grand Designs Live event in UK. Voted Consumer Show of the Year, the event brings design and inspiration for your home, combining cutting-edge design products, interactivity and an eco-friendly message. With so many reruns on TV, it seems tat they could be a space for discovering what people are building in UK and Europe. After all, modern architecture is more developed there than here.
Although the last episodes of the show dated from 2008 on BBC Canada, I enjoyed watching them. Sadly, I never had the chances to watch all of them. I am still hoping that the show will be presented again in Canada some days since the series continues to produce new episodes airing in UK. To give you an idea of the types of houses that I am talking about, browse the modern homes showcased on Grand Designs. As a bonus, I included two modern houses that were featured in their latest issue in an attempt to convince you about what we are missing.
+ photos: Grand Designs magazines – July 2010