Grand Designs

Season 14 Episode 1

North Wales

Aired Unknown Sep 03, 2014 on Channel 4
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North Wales
The brand new series gets off to a dramatic start. Rob Hodgson and Kay Ralph plan to build an architectural monument high on a cliff top that may only just outlive them as the cliff has about 60 years before it disappears into the sea. However, when the build is forced to battle with the worst storm in recent history which leads to a huge part of the cliff being ripped away, the stunning building could literally disappear before their very eyes. A real life cliff hanger. They want to build a sleek glass-fronted house inspired by the cliff top villas of California. Their plot overlooks a beautiful national trust beach in North Wales, but to have their jaw-dropping panoramic views will mean taking the biggest gamble of their lives. Access will be incredibly difficult and expensive because of a low bridge over the narrow track to the site. Worse still, the crumbling cliff on which they want to build is often exposed to tidal surges and winds of up to 100 mph. Erosion specialists predict their stunning new home could fall into the sea within just 60 years. Prohibited by the local council from reinforcing the cliff face, remarkably they decide to build anyway, believing at least the house will outlive them. But just as their modernist villa starts to take shape everything changes when one of the biggest storms in recent history batters the coast.moreless
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