Grand Designs

Episode Guide

The Sugar Cube House, Bristol

Series 6 · Episode 3

Martin Pease is a successful commercial architect, used to designing large scale prestigious offices. However, he’s about to embark on a much more personal project - a home for his wife Katherine and their two lively children. The design he has come up with is not the obvious choice for a family – a giant sugar cube where everything in it is white and open plan. Even the master bedroom sits on a mezzanine above the huge living space. Determined to keep on schedule and budget, Martin uses his experience of designing commercial buildings to build his own home. He uses materials and systems more commonly seen in office builds. Everything is thought through, pared down, and designed to maximise efficiency. This build though, is not without its dangers. It’s a high concept design and difficult to pull off. The detailing and design has to be perfect because there’s nowhere to hide mistakes. But the biggest risk of all is that using all these commercial techniques and materials, Martin’s dream could end up looking more like a glamorous car showroom than a comfortable family home.

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