Grand Designs Season Three Premiere – Peterborough (Channel 4 12 Feb 2003)

AIRDATE: Wednesday 12 February 2003 on Channel 4

Back for a third series, Kevin McCloud follows six couples in pursuit of their dream homes. Whether it’s creating a post-modern cube from scratch in the Cambridgeshire countryside, converting a brand new house into a medieval cottage or building a house underground in the Cumbrian earth, Kevin is on hand to pore over the plans and lend support.

The opening programme sees Cambridgeshire couple John and Terri Westlake up against tight budgets, ‘nimby’ locals and problems with glass suppliers as they struggle to realise their dream of a strikingly contemporary cube-shaped home, clad in timber, with one side made entirely of glass.

Tight budgets are something of a recurring theme. Leanne Smith and Chris Jones, the second couple in the series, want to convert a run-down industrial waterworks just outside Chesterfield into a large-scale take on loft living; the mother of all DIY jobs; a total renovation, complete with new services, treated roof, scrubbed-up brickwork and a Mini converted into a coffee table. All for £140,000.

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