Map-It – Mapping Grand Designs

TL;DR – Today we chart every location visited during 19 seasons of Grand Designs as well as Grand Designs Abroad and Grand Designs Indoors.


Today we are exploring something of a guilty pleasure for me. I don’t know why I love watching these majestic houses come together from scratch given I will likely never be in a position to be able to afford something like that, but all being said and done, I have watched and loved every episode of Grand Designs.

Whether it is host Kevin McCloud and his constant trepidations until he sees that final house and it all snaps together. Whether it is that moment the sad music plays because the glazing has held everything up for 6 months or that time when the sad music played in the first 5 minutes of the show and I was not ready for it. Or whether it is the sheer gumption of these people powering through an English winter and never quite getting in before Christmas, well at least the Christmas that they planned. I simply adore it all.

Recently I had some time set aside and I was catching up on all the episodes that I had missed and I started to wonder what the geographical spread of all the locations would be. Are they all in Sussex, because they felt like that where all in Sussex? Well, it dawned on me that you know, there was something you could do about that and here we are.

Now time for the quick formalities before we start. All of these dots should be considered at best estimations rather than exact locations. Quite often you know roughly where the location of the house in question is, and other times you know it is somewhere in Devon and you have to make the best guess. So, let’s dive into the world of Grand Designs.  

Ireland and Northern Ireland Grand Designs Map. Image Credit: Brian MacNamara

Ireland Map
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We begin our journey in Ireland where there have been houses built right on the beautiful windswept cliffs overlooking the North Atlantic, in rebuilt castles, and Churches brought back from the brink of disaster

Scotland Grand Designs Map. Image Credit: Brian MacNamara

Scotland Map
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We then jump north to Scotland, where the people are warm but the winters are cold, though to be fair, as an Australian, everywhere in the United Kingdom would have what I consider to be a cold winter. Here we have buildings on the edge of the globe, on the edge of a lake, and on the edge of the possible roofing designs.

England and Wales Grand Designs Map. Image Credit: Brian MacNamara

England and Wales Map
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Okay so here is almost the biggest map in the group as we explore England and Wales. This is where the bulk of the houses have been located. We have gone into the forests of Devon, Kent, and the Isle of Wight. We have seen houses built underground, up in the trees, in water towers, and alongside rivers. We also have builds stretching from the tip of Cornwell all the way up to Northumberland and nearly everywhere in-between

London Grand Designs Map. Image Credit: Brian MacNamara

London Map
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You may have noticed in the middle of the England map that there was a whole lot of dots just sitting around minding their own business. Well, this is the Greater London region, which was an absolute pain to try and fit on the map. Eventually, I cut it out and made it its own insert which you can see here, from tiny buildings to mansions.

Full Grand Designs Map. Image Credit: Brian MacNamara

Full Grand Designs Map
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Here we go, with everything on the one map. I don’t know what I was expecting when I started this map. I mean I probably didn’t expect how long it would take putting it all together. It didn’t help that when going back to check old episodes, you ended up watching them instead of working.

With that our map of Grand Designs is over, well at least for the time being, because why stop on 19 seasons when you can make it at least a nice round 20. If that is the case, I look forward to seeing what other crazy, intricate, bonkers, yet lovely designs that will grace our screens in the future. If you liked this map, you may also like our map of Time Team.

Credits – The British Islands Map that we used as a base was created by ‘Visitor from Wikishire’ which is shared with a Creative Commons Licence. As well as this, this map adapts work from ‘Alexrk2’ with their Europe Relief Map and ‘Nilfanion’ with their UK Counties Map which both are shared with a Creative Commons Licence. All images are based off work created by the team at Grand Designs Hosted by Kevin McCloud, created by Channel 4, Boundless, and Fremantle.
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.

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4 thoughts on “Map-It – Mapping Grand Designs

  1. Awesome map! I absolutely love Grand Designs. Is it streaming anywhere in full in Australia? I’ve watched a bunch of episodes as they’ve come up on ABC iView in the past but it’s often seasons I’ve seen before…

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