Large Designs Viewers Flood Show with complaints for ‘sickening’ £ 2.5million
Kevin McCloud returned to present a new series of Grand Designs tonight – but he was immediately touched by complaints from viewers who were disgusted by the amount of money spent on the project.
The first episode of the Channel 4 show saw Kevin visiting real estate investor and supercar Joe Priday and his wife Claire as they attempted a futuristic build in Devon.
The £ 2.5million Hux Shard covers 6,000 square feet and is seven feet tall.
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It has a gym, a cinema room and an office for the children with a huge open kitchen and living space. The house is ultra-modern and ecological, powered by sun and air.
But viewers were not impressed by the amount of money spent on the project – especially the £ 125,000 kitchen – and called it ‘sickening’.
The couple started with a budget of £ 800,000 but ended up spending £ 2.5million on the big house.
One wrote: “Seriously, that was a sickening ‘Grand Design’. Everything there highlighted the gap between the haves and have-nots. What did he spend just on a kitchen ??! And what about the environmental cost?
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A second added: “£ 125,000 on a kitchen?!?!? #granddesigns, you can buy a house for that in some areas… that doesn’t really look right.
A third viewer said: “It was the most astonishing vanity project and blatant abuse of planetary resources that I have seen on #granddesigns”
A fourth agreed, writing, “No, if it’s #granddesigns now, I’m out. 800 big budget, spent 2.5 million and doesn’t care. This is not true.
And a fifth added: “I know everyone on #GrandDesigns is relatively well off, but I really hate those (like this one) where people are just insanely rich and whatever goes wrong because they can. just throw more money for it.
While a sixth said: “At least 4 or 5 families could have built more than adequate and durable houses on this land and all of them enjoyed the view!