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With George Clarke starts this Thursday October 15 on Channel 4 at 8pm.

 

I think this is the one that shows what can be done with external cosmetics, but quite often does things inside too.

 

Here is one former episode.

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Ferdinand said:

With George Clarke starts this Thursday October 15 on Channel 4 at 8pm.

 

I think this is the one that shows what can be done with external cosmetics, but quite often does things inside too.

 

Here is one former episode.

 

 

What’s wrong with this video? It’s in slow mo and flipped like watching it in a mirror 😁

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12 minutes ago, Gav_P said:

What’s wrong with this video? It’s in slow mo and flipped like watching it in a mirror 😁

That made me laugh. I don't know why, be it reminded me of when i did a cinema for a client. He said to me after "You can't watch porn on it, because it gives you a huge inferiority complex" I think you can all guess why.

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28 minutes ago, Gav_P said:

What’s wrong with this video? It’s in slow mo and flipped like watching it in a mirror 😁

 

That's interesting ... it's only that bit of it.

 

I wonder what happened

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I watched the new episode last night. Really didn't like it, the new extensions looked like they had been added a few decades ago.

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Just watched this week's episode with the family. We all hated it.

 

I didn't mind the concrete boxes too much, can't imagine them being most people's choice, but the interior was not to our liking at all.

 

Funnily enough one of the owners said that the utility room was their favourite and it was nice. The kitchen was way too dark despite there being lots of windows elsewhere.

 

I couldn't understand the bare metal stair replacing the original stair and the architect saying that they wanted to lean into the dark narrow hall and make it even darker.

 

Painting the front of the house black was a shocker. This is why we have so many conservation areas and planning laws.

 

The week before was OK, although again why paint the bricks.

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For what they paid in steel and concrete they could have built that entire thing from block and rendered it smooth and still had more than enough to fully kit out that house. 

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My first thought was why would you want your house to look like a multistoreycar park 🙄 my second though was, where are they going to put the insulation 😂

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I did wonder about the insulation, I assume was just stuck to the inside, but they are always a bit vague about this stuff

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On 16/10/2020 at 08:51, ultramods said:

I watched the new episode last night. Really didn't like it, the new extensions looked like they had been added a few decades ago.

Ha ha , I had just been for new tyres last week and it reminded me of the unit that the tyre company operates from!

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14 minutes ago, AliG said:

I did wonder about the insulation, I assume was just stuck to the inside, but they are always a bit vague about this stuff

That was my thought, remarked to hubby it could be bloody cold in there!

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The other thing I found odd was that halfway through they said the budget was gone and they were working to pay for things but when asked at the end they said they had brought it in on budget🤔

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It did not improve the image of architects.  They did not make the ugly bit any better and in fact spent almost no time or money on it.  Just added an unpleasant extension at strange angles.

 

Given the £200k + and three years, it was woeful.

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I didn't want to be the first to say anything. To me this was an example of architects using client's money to try new ideas or enhance their portfolio. I found the internal black box with a roof window right next to it just a shockingly bad decision.

I must admit I am a big fan of Laura from "Your home made perfect". Don't think she had a single design on this show I didn't like. Doesn't mean her real clients get the same treatment but this down-to-earth approach is great. 

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12 minutes ago, oldkettle said:

I didn't want to be the first to say anything. To me this was an example of architects using client's money to try new ideas or enhance their portfolio. I found the internal black box with a roof window right next to it just a shockingly bad decision.

I must admit I am a big fan of Laura from "Your home made perfect". Don't think she had a single design on this show I didn't like. Doesn't mean her real clients get the same treatment but this down-to-earth approach is great. 

 

tbh, I'm not sure that would enhance anyone's portfolio! I didn't really get what the rationale was for the angles, they just kinda shrugged it off by saying it would be interesting to look at?!

 

Your home made perfect drives me absolutely crazy, I actually stopped watching it. The people on it, always set this mind bending brief, where they want something out-there, a new way of living etc for 20k, then they pick the safe option which doesn't answer the brief they set! It happens all the time and I'm not criticising anyone for it, but the irish boy must get driven mad when he designs to the brief and gets dropped when they actually have to commit to building it...

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48 minutes ago, the_r_sole said:

 

tbh, I'm not sure that would enhance anyone's portfolio! I didn't really get what the rationale was for the angles, they just kinda shrugged it off by saying it would be interesting to look at?!

 

Your home made perfect drives me absolutely crazy, I actually stopped watching it. The people on it, always set this mind bending brief, where they want something out-there, a new way of living etc for 20k, then they pick the safe option which doesn't answer the brief they set! It happens all the time and I'm not criticising anyone for it, but the irish boy must get driven mad when he designs to the brief and gets dropped when they actually have to commit to building it...

 

This is the thing : as a professional you notice things I just ignore. To me most people say "I have that much, do your best, these are the things we are after". Although I think in many programs the budget wasn't that low actually. It's in Sarah Beeney who had several people in a row planning to renovate for 7-10-20K.

 

The Irish guy loves his bench seating and split levels and weird stuff. Pods, upside down building. Some of those look really good but practicality is almost invariably lacking. I think in one of his designs you'd have to walk 50+m to get from the kitchen to the main bedroom. Bench seating may be OK for rare occasions but OMG it's such a hassle when you have to use it 3 times a day. 

I have no vision, imagination, but I really like most stuff to be practical, substance first. Some people can afford both - I can only shrug and say "I could go for it if I had too much money". 

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On 25/10/2020 at 18:04, recoveringbuilder said:

That was my thought, remarked to hubby it could be bloody cold in there!

 

Had all the same thoughts while watching :)

 

We used to love GD and all these shows before we actually built a house and now I can't really watch them as so many things are skipped over.

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I feel bad as I am trying not to insult someone's style choices which are a matter of personal taste.

 

I couldn't decide if the choices here were those of the architects or the owners. If it's the owners, then fair enough, it is their money, but I couldn't help but think they would not have come up with this on their own. Indeed this house broke many of the rules I would set for sensible design - Narrow hall, multiple floor levels, weird shaped rooms, no natural light to the hall, etc.

 

Planning is so random, they would't allow the slim bricks last week as not in keeping but allowed this totally not in keeping house.

 

 

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The episode we watched last night was IMO the best of the lot so far.

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Yes, the attitude of the architects was so much better.

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I enjoyed the previous ones because the results were so bad and it was fun to slag off the architects in their collarless shirts.  Last night was disappointing as the architects were not precious, listened to the client and the solution was near to budget.  Where is the sport in that?

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I never used to watch this show, but have been enjoying it.

 

Will be interested to see how today's ends up. It looks nice but I am always against having loads of steps to the front door of a house. I don't understand why they didn't move the entrance to ground level.

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Loved the interior of today's house and the rear extension.

 

Still not convinced by the staircase/porch at the front.

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