Being a big fan of Channel 4′s Grand Designs Show, I was excited to get tickets to Grand Designs Live at London’s ExCel Exhibition Centre.
The train journey added to the thrill of the day as we made our way into central London and out the other side. The last part of the train journey was full of excited people also making their way to the exhibition. As i’m not in London very often, even the underground journeys appeal to me and add to the “holiday” experience.
We wanted to get some “ideas” as we will soon be converting our “space” above the garage into an en-suite bathroom and have been toying with doing “something” to our garden since we moved in 4 years ago. We headed straight to the Kitchen and Bathroom section of the exhibition, but were sadly let down. There didn’t seem to be any real emphasis on show casing “grand designs” in the bathroom areas and the exhibitors were very average. We are lucky enough to have the bathroom company on our doorstep and the items and service they have provided so far significantly out-weigh what was on offer at “Grand designs”.
The Build section of Grand Design was much better, which I guess is what Grand Designs Live is all about. There were dozens of architects, all showing you how they can build you the latest glass fronted house and charge you the earth for having it.
We also got to see two shows, which were delivered by Kevin McCloud, the first being about a previous Grand Designs project Peckham House where the home owner talked about the process of his Grand Design and the second was about the use of colour in the home. Both of which were interesting and informative.
We then got to meet Kevin McCloud who signed his latest book for us
All in all it was a great day out, we even bought a set of ladders! (try getting them home on an aircraft !)