Watch: ‘Grand Designs’ viewers can’t believe the price of this epic gothic project
A £4.5m ‘Gothic’ house built in the grounds of a Victorian graveyard and featured on Grand Designs is causing quite the buzz on social media.
Fans of the show headed to Twitter to give their views on one of the most unique builds in the show’s history, with some describing the episode as the “best Grand Designs ever”.
The episode followed former army captain Justin Maxwell Stuart, who now runs extreme fishing expeditions, as he realised his vision to do “something really off the beaten track” after purchasing a graveyard site in London.
Stuart’s plan was to convert a neo-Gothic cemetery keeper’s lodge and the derelict public toilets next door into a dramatic, modern home within the cemetery gates.
Having forked out £1.8m on the graveyard site, Maxwell Stuart budgeted a further £1.6m for building works, although projections later came back at £4m.
Eventually, he settled on a building contract worth £2.1m, with total costs coming in at a whopping £4.5m.
“In my mind is an enormous amount of fear and terror that I’m heading down a catastrophic financial black hole,” Maxwell Stuart exclaimed at one point during the episode.
It cost £4.5 million pounds and took four years to build, but what a magnificent transformation 😍
We hope Justin, Hideko and George enjoy their jaw-dropping home for many years to come #GrandDesigns pic.twitter.com/OxeyitlgTq
— granddesigns (@granddesigns) January 6, 2021
The project was definitely one of the strangest in the show’s history with viewers left amazed by the ‘goth house’ being built in the cemetery, complete with a moat and a chainmail water feature.
Host Kevin McCloud wasn’t totally convinced about the idea of living in a graveyard. “I mean, you’ve got lots of neighbours, but they’re all dead,” he quipped.
The neo-Gothic house also involved a six-metre basement extension built just a metre away from the nearest gravestone.
The unique space made use of a lower floor, adding two bedrooms, a living space and even an underground swimming pool.
“I’ve never built a pool in a cemetery before,” one builder joked “it’s a bit spooky.”
Difficulty finding contractors happy to poke around in a graveyard wasn’t the only difficulty the conversion of the Grade II listed lodge faced, with work also forced to grind to a halt for three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
A moat. A 13-metre swimming pool. A TV and games room. Underground excavations. And a vast list of planning conditions to comply with. This is one epic project! #GrandDesigns pic.twitter.com/B9FrAC7DLF
— granddesigns (@granddesigns) January 6, 2021
Despite the hurdles presented by the unique project, in the end, the house came together and looked incredible, if a little bonkers.
Viewers were in awe of the ‘goth house’ being built in the cemetery with fans rushing to Twitter to deliver their verdict.
I’ve watched every Grand Design to date, but that my friend is the best house I’ve ever seen. That episode had absolutely everything. #GrandDesigns
— Charlie Townsend-Renn (@CGRenn) January 6, 2021
Amazing house on #GrandDesigns Unbelievably beautiful, and would genuinely love to live near a graveyard - don’t think it’s creepy at all.
— Lucy Hubbard (@LucyHubbard1) January 6, 2021
— Martyn Harrod (@m_harrod) January 6, 2021
Others, however, were left rubbing their eyes at the total expense of the project.
— 🇪🇺 🐸 HYPNOTOAD 🐸🇪🇺 (@DigitalDiablo) January 6, 2021
Wow what a house but the money it cost 😱 #GrandDesigns
— Her Majesty 👑 Queen Melanie (@melthegorgeous) January 6, 2021
Put on #GrandDesigns to try and take my mind off everything but all I am thinking is ‘no one should have this amount of money’. When he said he had 60% in ‘savings’. 😑
— Lucie Heseltine (@LucieJHeseltine) January 6, 2021
The ‘goth house’ isn’t the only unique home we’ve been fawning over recently.
Back in November we fell in love with a cute little “Hobbit” house made of polystyrene coated with mud and cement, which was up for sale for $220,000 (approximately £166,000).
The sweet one-bedroom home looks as though it could be straight out of the Shire, but is actually located in Marshfield, Vermont, US.
And last September we were amazed by an ordinary looking house, that came complete with a full-sized skate park on the ground floor.
Meanwhile a converted lighthouse perched on the edge of a cliff in Pembrokeshire has recently gone on the market for just under £1million.
Converted into a home with eight bedrooms overlooking the Irish Sea and the dramatic Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, it sits just 15 miles from the Welsh town of Haverfordwest.