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Grand Designs: How to apply to appear on the Channel 4 show

Caroline WestbrookWednesday 14 Sep 2022 11:07 am

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Grand Designs has become one of Channel 4’s most popular shows since it first took to the airwaves over two decades ago.

The series, which began airing in 1999, sees host Kevin McCloud following contributors as they try and live out the ultimate dream of building their own dream home.

And with a new episode airing tonight, it seems there is no shortage of people wanting to bring their architectural projects to life – but if you’d like to apply for the show, just how do you go about it?

Here’s what you need to know…

How to apply for Grand Designs

Applications for Grand Designs are currently open, and more information is available at the Channel 4 website.

However, applying for the show is a little bit more complicated than applying for some shows, as you need to meet certain criteria to be eligible.

Currently, they’re on the lookout for people who have a project which is exciting and unique – if you’re doing something they haven’t covered before then they want to hear from you.

It could be your design that Kevin is casting an eye over next (Picture: Channel 4)

Projects also need to meet all the following requirements:

  • They need to be a new residential build, significant conversion or a restoration of a historic building
  • They should have unique or interesting elements in terms of design, materials, construction techniques, location and/or the people involved.
  • You have planning permission and are planning to live in the property yourself
  • You agree to be involved with the project and are available for filming on a regular basis

Currently, the show is also only looking for projects which are being undertaken in the UK.

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If you meet all of the above and want to give it a go, the application form is right here.

Good luck!

Grand Designs continues tonight onChannel 4 at 9pm.

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GRAND DESIGNS is still going strong after more than 2 decades on our screens. But do the amateur architects get paid for appearing on the home improvement show?

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Grand Designs: Kevin McCloud shown thermal experiment

Grand Designs kicked off its 21st series at the beginning of 2021 with even more people stretching their imaginations far and wide to build their dream homes. Presenter Kevin McCloud has been witness to thousands of projects over the years and despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the latest season will be no different. The Channel 4 show continues to air every Wednesday night at 9pm. 

Do you get paid to be on Grand Designs?

Those who appear on Grand Designs are building some of the most unique and challenging houses possible.

They usually end up spending hundreds of thousands of pounds, sometimes more and often go way over their planned budget.

Of course, they mostly end up with beautifully designed homes but at a pricey cost.

So it isn’t out of the question to think those who appear on the series would get paid for their projects being filmed.

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Grand Designs: Kevin McCloud has presented Grand Designs since 1999. (Image: Channel 4)


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Nevertheless, those who do star on Grand Designs are not reportedly paid.

There has not been much talk in terms of what arrangements are made prior to filming starting up.

However, it is believed participants are not given any sort of payment for taking part in the show.

Although, there is some compensation rewarded to the ambitious homeowners.

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    Grand Designs: Season 21, episode 4, will be set in Bletchley. (Image: Channel 4)

    While no payment is made for participants to appear on Grand Designs, there is some financial gain.

    The homeowners are reportedly paid in exchange for the workmen building the houses having to put down their tools and get out of sight.

    This is so McCloud can venture around the place, talking to the property owners without it looking as much of a busy and hectic building site.

    Just how much is paid for this loss in precious construction time though is not known.

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    Grand Designs continued with its fourth episode this week entitled Bletchley 2021.  

    This time around, McCloud went to Bletchley, a town just outside of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.

    The latest episode was an exciting one as Grand Designs had teased the project as “the first of its kind in the UK”.

    Taking to the show’s Twitter account, a tweet read: “Energy conservationist Andrew plans to build a radical, self-heating home by storing the warmth of the summer sun into the insulated earth banks.”


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    In a clip preview, Andrew is seen describing it as a “massive thermal experiment”.

    Wife Margaretta doesn’t sound so positive though as she shares her concerns.

    She says: “How much are we going to get done before the money runs out?

    “I don’t really feel in control of it. It’s really hard because it feels to me a lot like it’s Andrew’s baby.”

    So are Andrew and Margaretta going to be able to complete their new home in time or will their plan for a new life fall apart?

    Grand Designs continues every Wednesday on Channel 4.

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