- Kevin McCloud said he was shocked when the couple spent £125,000 on the kitchen
- Added that his shock is ‘like an expression of moral outrage, in fact’
- Said ‘Cannot see justification for gross expenditure on basic needs’
Kevin McCloud of Grand Designs has revealed he was stunned when a couple spent £125,000 on a kitchen in the new series – saying he ‘can’t see justification for gross spending on essentially basic necessities’ Huh.’
It comes after 35-year-old Joe O’Connor, a supercar investor and property developer, and his wife, Claire, from Devon, appeared on a Channel 4 programme, where they built a massive house inspired by cliffs in the countryside with a budget of £835,000. determined for. .
Joe confesses that the budget had exceeded £2.5 million, the kitchen alone costing him Around £125,000, Claire admits: ‘It’s an expensive kitchen but you can’t buy it from the high street. It is the focal point of the house.
talking to Guardian, Kevin McCloud described how he is often shocked by the eventual cost of producing the show, explaining: ‘My shock is actually an expression of moral outrage.’
Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud has revealed he was stunned when a couple spent £125,000 on a kitchen in the new series – adding that he ‘can’t see the need to justify gross spending on basic necessities’ ‘ (pictured, £125,000 The Kitchen)
Kevin (pictured) has since praised the house as being ‘on another level’ in terms of ‘scale, ambition and cost’.
‘I was brought up as a Methodist and would never spend that money on a kitchen. I just couldn’t do it, I can’t see the value. I can see the value of insulating the building, and giving yourself zero-carbon technology, and reducing your bills and environmental impact.’
‘I can see the moral value of it. But what I can’t see is the moral… I can’t see the justification for gross spending on essentially basic necessities.’
He continued: ‘I am shocked by the price of everything: petrol … the weekly shop.’
The home that presenter Kevin was referring to was spacious, including a 6,000-square-foot, five-bedroom suite, a gym, cinema room, study, utility room, open plan kitchen, and living space.
Supercar investor and property developer Joe O’Connor, 35, and his wife Claire, from Devon, appeared on a Channel 4 event where they set out with a budget of £835,000 to build a massive house inspired by cliffs in the countryside ( pictured, living area)
Prior to construction, property developer and supercar investor Joe said he wanted the project to be below £900,000 – but the budget soon went out the window (pictured with his wife Claire and Kevin)
Property developer Joe O’Connor, 35, was branded an ‘arrogant t******’ by Grand Designs’ audience when he spent four years and £2.5 million building a sprawling 6,000-square-foot building based on rugged Devon terrain. built a house of – which many said looked like ‘a sh** stone henge’
After launching the project in 2017, the couple’s construction was hampered by difficulties from the start, including timber frame issues, the challenges of installing 46 panes of glass costing £200,000, inclement weather and the COVID-19 crisis. Are included.
Viewers were stunned by the massive 6,000-square-foot construction, with one calling it ‘A sh** stone Heinz’, while another wrote: ‘This scene is absolutely set to be an absolute classic of #GrandDesigns. Egoistic and obscenely rich boss, monstrous design, impossible to build, pregnant wife, unrealistic construction timeline…’
However, Kevin has since praised the house as being ‘on another level’ in terms of ‘scale, ambition and cost’.
He called the handmade kitchen ‘a piece of craftsmanship’ – adding it was ‘beautifully assembled’.