Grand Designs is one of the nation’s favourite programs as much for the drama as the builds themselves.
Presented by Kevin McCloud, the long-running Channel 4 series takes viewers inside some of the most ambitious house builds in the country – with things not always ending so well for the home planners.
But, when the contestants do manage to pull of their grand designs, the results are pretty special – at least they were in the case of one amazing South London tower house.
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In 2012, Leigh Osborne and his partner Graham Voce, risked everything they had to transform a 100ft tower in Kennington into a family home.
They bought it for £380,000 and expected to spend £600,000 on the revamp.
Kevin McCloud helped Leigh Osborne and his partner Graham Voce with the build
(Image: Channel 4)
But the total bill for the refit of the Grade II-listed building would eventually come out at a staggering £2 million.
In terms of architectural achievement, the build was up there with the best ever seen on the show.
The finished tower had a host of fantastic features that marked it out as a special effort by all those involved.
They included a two-storey glass cube with the largest set of sliding doors in Europe and a 24ft living room boasting 360-degree views of London.
Spread over 10 floors, the five-bedroom, four-bathroom property went on the market in 2018 for £3.6 million.
But it wasn’t long before a lack of interest lead to its price dramatically dropping.
When it returned to the market this year, the asking price had shot down, leading some internet forums to question whether the building was ‘cursed’ by Grand Designs.
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According to the Evening Standard, estate agents Foxtons sold the property at around the new asking price of £2.75 million in June 2021.
Though the owners might not have got as much as they would have liked for the property, they can be satisfied at having created one of South London’s most unforgettable homes.
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