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Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:00:00 GMT | By Donna Ferguson,, contributor, MSN Money
Sneak peek at the first episode of Grand Designs

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Kevin McCloud is back with a new series of Grand Designs tonight, and MSN got to take a sneak peek at the incredible first episode - in which a couple, who despite being clueless about construction and renovation, spent £350,000 transforming a dilapidated 1920s cinema into a stunning modern home.

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04/09/2013 07:27
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I love the way they have kept the frontage, but hate the concrete overhang.  The back looks kind of '20's ish, especially from the very end of the garden, but the exposed concrete gives an unfinished feel, rather than a cutting edge design.  The rooms are designed by the family for that family's needs - sometimes comfort (boring!!) trumps style, although the public rooms are stylish, and let's face it, who shows their visitors their bedrooms. 
04/09/2013 09:39
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like the front but shame back of house doesn,t match. as cinema was built in 20's pity they didn't have more touches of art deco as a nod to house's origins!
04/09/2013 09:17
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I think its a great transformation.  The space is light and airy and really well proportioned.  Not too much fuss.  I love it.
04/09/2013 10:13
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 Great job,now,can someone please sort out The White Hart,the Market place and Peel Hill? Not to mention all the other 17th and 18th century buildings that the corrupt clique of local councilors have been letting fall apart for the last 30 years.

 Yes,I live in the village.

BTW,no one can really see the back of this house anyway,its not as though the concrete spoils the general ambience of Thorne ;)

04/09/2013 07:03
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I think it looks fantastic! However I wouldn't like bare concrete myself
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like the building but not the amalgamation of the two eras...i think most sympathetic would have been the original restoration of the building to a living in standard....it looks fine but is more like MARMITE........
dont like the overhang at the front....
most homes in the third world (pakistan/india) are still made from concrete / bricks and tons and tons of it.......have seen bare walls inside out a lot and unless the rooms are huge, they dont look good at all and you get bored easily....that is the practicality of it...
04/09/2013 07:38
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In my limited experience,I found bare concrete encourages damp,admire the couples courage on taking on the project,but think that the fished article will be hard to sell on.
04/09/2013 15:30
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I like the whole concept of the building, but not sure on bare concrete, I my self would paint/tone down the bare look of the concrete... but other than that, brilliant... love it... including the Hangar window door
04/09/2013 14:25
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I think they have done a 'grand' job although i agree with a previous comment from Mesh that the jacuzzi is too far away from the house http://www.directenergyuk.com
04/09/2013 09:39
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I think it`s wonderful, I love it and I would grow trailing plants on the concrete overhang.  it`s the only thing I didn`t particularly like.
04/09/2013 12:39
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Like the front. Not keen on the concrete . Jacuzzi to far from house. Block of concrete on top yuch.
this is neither one thing or another. Not my idea of a Grand Designs. 
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