Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud has revealed he was shocked when a couple spent £125,000 on a kitchen in the new series – adding that he “don’t see the justification for gross spending on what are essentially basic requirements.”
It comes after supercar investor and property developer Joe O’Connor, 35, and his wife Claire, from Devon, appeared on the Channel 4 programme, where they wanted to build a huge house inspired by countryside rocks on a budget of £1. 835,000 .
Joe confessed that the budget had risen to £2.5 million, and the kitchen alone cost them about £125,000, with Claire admitting: ‘It’s an expensive kitchen, but you can’t buy it in the shop. It’s the center of the house.’
Speak with the guardKevin McCloud shared how he is often shocked by the final cost of the show’s builds, explaining, “My shock is really just an expression of moral outrage.”
Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud has revealed that he was shocked when a couple spent £125,000 on a kitchen in the new series – adding that he “cannot see the justification for gross spending on what are essentially basic requirements” (pictured, the £125,000 kitchen)
Kevin (pictured) has since praised the house as ‘on another level’ in terms of ‘scale, ambition and cost’
“I was raised a Methodist and I would never spend that money on a kitchen. I just couldn’t, I don’t see the value. I see the value in insulating the building, giving yourself carbon-free technologies and reducing your bills and environmental impact.’
‘I see the ethical value in that. But what I can’t see is the ethical… I don’t see the justification for gross spending on what are essentially basic requirements.”
He continued, “I’m shocked at the cost of everything: gasoline… the weekly store.”
The house that host Kevin referred to was gigantic, measuring 6,000 square feet, with five-bedroom suites, gym, movie theater, study, utility room, open kitchen, and living area.
Supercar investor and property developer Joe O’Connor, 35, and his wife Claire, from Devon, appeared on the Channel 4 program where they wanted to build a huge house inspired by countryside rocks on a budget of £835,000 (photo, the living area)
Ahead of construction, real estate developer and supercar investor Joe said he wanted to keep the project under £900,000, but the budget quickly ran out of the window (pictured with his wife Claire and Kevin)
Property developer Joe O’Connor, 35, was labeled an ‘arrogant t******’ by Grand Designs viewers after spending four years and £2.5m building a massive 6,000-square-foot home yards on the rugged terrain of Devon – which many said looked like ‘a sh** Stone Henge’
After the start of the project in 2017, the pair’s construction was hampered from the start by issues including problems with the wooden frame, challenges installing 46 panes costing £200,000, bad weather and the Covid-19 crisis. .
Viewers were stunned by the massive 6,000-square-foot build, with one calling it “a sh** Stone Henge,” while another wrote, “The scene is perfectly set to become an absolute #GrandDesigns classic.” Selfish and obscenely wealthy owner, monstrous design, impossible to build, pregnant wife, unrealistic build timeline…’
Since then, however, Kevin has hailed the house as “on another level” in terms of “scale, ambition and cost.”
He called the handmade kitchen “a piece of craftsmanship” – adding that it was “beautifully put together.”