Grand Designs is coming to the Royal Docks

PUBLISHED: 17:00 29 April 2017

Kevin McCloud

Kevin McCloud

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Fans of DIY can look forward to an exhibition full of inspiring ideas that will help them transform their home at this year’s Grand Designs Live show.

Kevin McCloudKevin McCloud

The event, which started on Saturday is based on the Channel 4 TV series, returns to ExCeL for its annual exhibition and will be presented by design guru Kevin McCloud MBE.

It has seven sections, including the spectacular Grand Village which hosts a number of full scale properties, Grand Build, Grand Interiors and Grand Gardens.

It is a show for anyone interested in design, build, interiors and kitchens and bathrooms.

“I spend my working life in muddy fields,” he explained.

“This is the only time I get to see my customers, so just meeting people is lovely.”

Hundreds of people, who are looking to build, improve or redesign their home, as well as more than 500 exhibitors with a range of products, are expected to descend on the exhibition centre in Royal Docks.

“It’s a real privilege as most days I get on site before most people are even awake, so I’m really grumpy to start, but by the end of the day I’m really energised,” Kevin said.

“I find it quite addictive and I feel privileged to spend time with people with passion on a great adventure.”

The popular designer and presenter also told the Recorder about a few things his dream home might have and his key tip for building your own home.

“There is certain things I still want like a view of the sunset and a stoop like they have in America where you would sit out on a rocking chair with a pipe,” he admitted.

With his major tip being “creative in finding your plot” before deciding what your house will look like.

Kevin believes the exhibition is all about meeting and talking to new people.

“It’s about making contacts,” he added.

“It’s not about the finished building it’s about making the plan.

“You need exhibitors to go up to, so you can see, touch and understand the quality of the products.”

The show is now open and running until Sunday, May 7.

Tickets cost £12 to £22 – visit to book day or multiple day tickets.

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