Grand Designs fans were left in awe by the latest property transformation on the Channel 4 show, with viewers describing the house made to float above water as the ‘best’ one they’d ever seen on the series.
On Wednesday evening’s episode of Grand Designs, architectural designer Dan and his wife, interior designer Nina, realised their vision for a tranquil home surrounded by nature.
They originally bought a plot of land in Sussex for £850,000, with the intention of knocking down the 1930s house there at the time.
Dan and Nina envisioned turning the swampy pool on the property into a natural pond, creating a peaceful landscape for themselves and their two daughters to enjoy.
While at times they faced obstacles on their mission, including working to a ‘tight’ budget of £650,000, they managed to achieve their aim, going over their budget by £8,000.
In addition to the difficulties of creating their dream home, Dan also faced a devastating ordeal in his family life, as his father was diagnosed with leukaemia a year before construction on their future home began.
Dan was hoping they’d be able to finish construction in time for his dad to see it.
‘The first time he acknowledged to me that he thought he was on his way out, was when he said “I’m not going to see the finished project”, which was about a month before he died, which was a sad moment,’ Dan said on the programme.
At the end of the episode, presenter Kevin McCloud went to Dan and Nina’s home to inspect their progress, marvelling at the ‘gorgeousness’ of their home, which he described as an ‘aquatic Eden’.
The natural pond was ‘thriving’, he said in a voiceover, boasting aquatic plants and ‘humming with wildlife’, including sparrows, dragonflies and a family of newts.
‘This thankfully, is a symbiosis, not a tug of war between humans and nature,’ he stated.
Speaking to Dan and Nina, he said: ‘I’m in some sort of aquatic Eden. It’s joyful. This is completely magical, it’s transformed.’
The couple revealed that they had just moved in, with Nina enjoying a dip in the pool every day.
Grand Designs viewers couldn’t believe their eyes, with one person saying it was ‘one of the best episodes’.
‘WOW. I’ve been watching this show for years. This home tonight was for me by far The Best Ever,’ one viewer tweeted.
‘What a fantastic house, what a fantastic family, supporting each other all the way through in the toughest of times .. truly inspirational,’ another said.
Someone said that while the house ‘turned out amazingly’, they felt ‘conflicted’ about the ‘wonderful looking 1930s house’ being ‘sacrificed’ in the process.
Another fan wrote: ‘This home made my heart sing – with its sympathetic design and connectivity to nature. It is beautiful – a home I can only dream of designing and building.’
Grand Designs returns next Wednesday at 9pm on Channel 4 and is available to watch on All 4.