About Grand Designs

Presented by design expert Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs charts the in-depth process of ambitious design projects, from the initial intricacies of blueprints to the long and often arduous task of turning those designs into a practical living space.

With budgets usually pushed way beyond their limits and time ticking away, Grand Designs is a unique opportunity to discover how ambitious design concepts work in practice and depicts the hard realities of creating a dream home.

It is sometimes an emotional journey for the homeowners but the end results are often groundbreaking and inspirational.

About Kevin McCloud

Kevin McCloud - Grand Designs

Kevin is best known for his work on Grand Designs and for his annual coverage of the Stirling Prize each October. He admits to an unhealthy obsession for buildings since childhood - he studied the history of them at Cambridge, has designed everything in and around them, has lit them and written about them. He now champions issues such as context, the historic environment and sustainable construction, often in his feisty columns in which he takes on planners, architects and developers. His two ambitions are to entertain and to make the built environment better - and consequently ‘make people feel better’. Kevin was awarded two honorary doctorates in 2005, from Plymouth and Oxford Brookes. He is a recalcitrant patron of several architectural and sustainable charities, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Foresters, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a WWF Ambassador.

Kevin's 2009 series 'Kevin McClouds Grand Tour' loosely followed in the footsteps of the most notorious - and the most inspired - Grand Tourists. In this series Kevin visited ruins and cities throughout Europe. These experiences have been documented in a companion book, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

In April 2010 it was announced that Kevin would contribute £2.5m towards a project creating environmentally sustainable and affordable housing built on the site of a former caravan park.