on 21 October 2001
I was interested in the TV programme, so I thought I would purchase the book. I felt the book did not go deep enough into the subject of grand designs, it only explained, the process of designing and building which had already been discussed on the TV series. I expected to find more detail on the whole subject, rather than than a potted version of the TV series.
on 27 November 2001
Rather than following the format of the show, the book attempts to explain how to build your own home. But it attempts to do this by referring to different projects covered in the series. This results in a stilted progression through how one might build your own home. Assuming you hire an architect for episode one, produce the foundations for episode 2, walls for episode 5, the roof of episode 4 and project plan for episode 3. A missed opportunity.
on 16 September 1999
This book is extremely well written, and very readable. It contains many colour photographs, which bring the book to life. This book is a joy to have. It covers all the projects featured in the TV series, but would be equally enjoyable to anybody who had not seen these programs. It covers various projects including conversions, timber framed seaside house, eco house, straw house, oak framed house and many more. It would make a good reference book for anyone considering building or converting a house, it is packed with inspiration and ideas.