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10 things you never knew about ‘Grand Designs’

Who is the Hollywood mega-fan of Grand Designs? 10 things you never knew about TV’s favourite home show.

Presented by designer and writer Kevin McCloud, the British television series Grand Designs, each episode, follows different people who have set out to pursue their vision of a dream home by building it themselves.

We take a look at some interesting facts about this innovative show:

  1. Each episode of Grand Designs takes at least a year to film. However, one build took 10 years.
  2. Presenter Kevin McCloud has never seen a fully finished episode as he refuses to watch himself on TV.
  3. McCloud often improvises his famous monologues on the day of filming.
  4. He was a member of the famous Cambridge Footlights drama society alongside Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry.
  5. He is a trained building historian and works part-time for the Society of the Protection of Ancient Buildings. He founded his own architectural consultancy HAB in 2007 (the initials stand for Happiness, Architecture, Beauty).
  6. 2019 will see the 20th anniversary of the inaugural episode of Grand Designs.
  7. McCloud was diagnosed with asthma at age 16 and is about to present the show’s first ‘healthy house’.
  8. In Germany the show is called Der Weg Zum Traumhaus, which translates to The Road To A Dream House.
  9. McCloud has only ever visited Ikea once. He bought a rug.
  10. Meryl Streep is a self-confessed Grand Designs “addict”.

Rugged Land

Having received weekly enquiries about turning it’s high-end wool range carpets into rugs, Cavalier Bremworth has officially entered the rug market. With beautiful wools and the plushest of synthetics, you can now create your very own customized rug. Kennedy Point in Oyster Inn (below) is a textured loop pile rug that provides both durability and softness with 100 per cent pure New Zealand wool. The unique structure is given more interest by a felted colour slub which creates a random striated effect.

Cavalier Corporation chief executive, Paul Alston, says rugs are a logical step for the business. “We genuinely believe our carpets are some of the best in the world; our staff in our factories who felt and spin our woollen yarn, or tuft it into carpet, know this because they control that quality every day.”

The Katachi rug in Haiiro was born from experimentation and innovation with the use of felted yarn and textured pattern and is extremely soft. The perfect magic carpet ride.

Hard floors are left a little naked without a good quality rug. “From a design point of view, beautiful rugs are used to define a space,” says Cavalier Bremworth Group marketing manager, Rochelle Flint. “They also act as great sound absorbers where hard surfaces dominate.”

The Arcot in Princess is a soft-cut pile that uses similar yarn shades, creating a luxurious faceted appearance.

Pick a product, pick a colour, customise your size, and your rug will arrive within a few weeks – it’s that simple.

Feel great underfoot as nature’s miracle fibre, wool, keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer. Hypoallergenic and fire-resistant, and with natural moisture control, Cavalier Bremworth rugs create a warm, dry and healthy home.

All rugs are available to buy online. Click here to check out the range, with more colours available.

Click here to go behind the scenes of the making of this incredible shoot.