Inside Grand Designs’ most lavish and ludicrous homes from shipping containers and castles to Stonehenge in the garden
BUILDING your own home is an expensive feat and some daring constructors on Grand Designs opted to pull out all the stops.
This week viewers were left open-mouthed couldn't believe how much one ambitious couple spent on their artistic home in Devon, including a garage "the size of a three-bed bungalow", a gym, cinema room, as well as a £125,000 kitchen .
The couple had originally set a budget of £800,000 but by the end of the episode it had spiralled to a whopping £2.5million.
But they're not the only ones to leave fans amazed.
From the world's largest sliding doors to going £2million over budget by taking out 11 loans, we bring you the craziest builds from the Channel 4 show.
The world's largest sliding doors
A savvy real estate developer and his partner thought they could handle transforming a water tower, in Kennington, London, into a glam home.
It was expected to cost just £600,000 to revamp.
But owners Leigh Osborne and Graham Voce ended up going a staggering £2million over budget.
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The pair spent £240,000 on glazing alone and the cost of their foundations leapt up by £25,000 when builders realised they had to dig deeper.
They also ploughed in £35,000 on a high-tech audio-visual system and £25,000 for a air source heat pump to provide their heating and hot water.
They transformed the Grade II listed building into a swanky five bed family home.
It also features a two-level glass cube which boasts the world's largest sliding doors.
The one that took 11 loans to finish
Building a house is an expensive endeavour but normally you don't have to take out multiple loans to do it.
Bram and Lisa V's house in the Isle of Wight ended up being £2million over budget and required them to take out 11 loans to fund their architectural dreams.
Builder Bram said: "If you see light at the end of the tunnel and you want something badly enough, you’ll do it.
"You have to have strength and resolve – plenty of other people would have backed away, I’m sure."
The couple spent £3.2million in total including the cost of buying the land which includes 3.8 acres of private beach .
They then ended up selling the house for less than they paid to construct it in 2014.
The half finished build costing £3m
One unlucky builder in Devon ended up taking out £3m in loans to convert a crumbling old lighthouse but didn't have the fund to finish the project.
The North Devon build would need an extra £2m to finish, according to owners Edward and Hazel Short.
The pair split after the episode was filmed, but Edward has finally finished the project.
He said: "I owe it to my family to have a real end result, but the time has come to move on.
"I will have achieved what I set out to do, never deviating from the plans, and for that I’ll always be proud."
He was constructing the unique home for more than a decade and it has since been put up for sale at a £10m price tag.
The one made from shipping containers
Young farmer Patrick Bradley opted for the strangest building materials he could think of – shipping containers.
For just £100,000 he opted to weld together four 45-foot-long metal structures into a two tiered shaped cross.
The house was painted into neutral colours to make sure it didn't stand out too much on the family's farm land.
It took seven months to build the 3-bedroomed home which has an open plan kitchen, dining and living room.
Patrick said: "They all agreed I could build on a picturesque area with a stream bubbling through it.
"But my idea was for a bold contemporary home made of boxes balanced on top of each other. They thought it was a bit wild, and my mother was worried that I was going to ruin her favourite view forever."
Luckily his mum is a fan of the bizarre building.
The mesh roof costing £130,000
Ben and Freddie were forced to come up with a new plan for their barn conversion when the council banned visible roof lights.
The pair decied the way forward was a fancy mesh roof which would conceal the lights.
They started their build with half the money recommended by experts but happily ploughed on.
Inside they opted to convert grain silos into bedrooms and had everything else open plan in the barn.
The build won seven deign awards for the use of the £130,000 mesh roof which allowed light to flood the barn.
The old lifeboat station revamp
It took seven years for Tim and Philomena O'Donovan to start work on converting a Grade II listed lifeboat station in Tenby, South Wales.
They were up against it to get the materials they needed on site with the tide as there was no other access than via the beach.
Initially they thought it would take nine months to finish the build, but in the end it took 18.
They opted for an open plan master bedroom and a library overlooking the sea at the other.
They are connected by a bridge that goes over their kitchen which made the rooms into a mezzanine level.
When the tide is in, the only access to the house is via a 40ft high pier.
The house with an indoor waterfall and basement pool
Intrepid builders Justin Maxwell Stuart undertook one of the shows most expensive projects ever.
He decided to turn a dilapidated Victorian lodge, that was situated in a West London cemetery, into his dream home.
He spent £4.2million on the conversion which saw him add a moat, indoor chainmail waterfall and a subterranean pool.
Justin also added a playboy basement, underfloor heating and a wine cellar to the house.
He bought the house in 2015 for £2.2million and the build took four years to complete.
Luckily for Justin, no dug up bones in the graveyard torpedoed his build. He said: "One bit of a wife of Henry VIII and it would have been curtains."
The one with mini Stonehenge in the front garden
Lincolnshire couple Amy and Paul Wilkinson opted to build a futuristic house £1.3million home with a miniature Stonehenge outside.
The pair opted for a Celtic round house design and ended up going £300,000 over budget.
Their mansion also features an indoor swimming pool, and entertainment lounge and five beds.
They splashed £8,000 on a sofa and put in a lazy river sink complete with flashing lights that changed colour.
Paul bought the plot of marshland on a whim late at night, surprising Amy in the morning with it.
They've also got a selection of bizarre statues scattered around their lawn.
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