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    Seems to be a collection of fruitbats that crave affirmation.

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    I gave up after a couple of the houses as none of them were actually homes; somewhere where you can kick off your shoes and read a book in comfort with a glass or two of wine.

    They were more like gleaming showcases for the narcissistic owners.

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    Is this featuring houses from the regular series or something else?

    I used to watch GD avidly when it was first on but got out of the habit. This series was pretty interesting - some were ghastly but others were wonderful (and I imagine we'd totally disagree which were each). The massive car-parks with glass walls do nothing for me, but the guy who converted a cave was very interesting. And the weirdo who had also lived on boats... it's good that GD doesn't only focus on £1m builds, the smaller ones on a tight budget are often far more interesting.
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    No, this is a special GD series showing off the shortlist for the RIBA House of the Year. Lots of gleaming glass carparks.

    Standard GD is still excellent.

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    I don't believe houses with that much glass and no carpets can be warm in the winter, even if they have paid 50 grand on triple glazing.

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    Don't they always have underfloor heating?
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    I don't believe houses with that much glass and no carpets can be warm in the winter, even if they have paid 50 grand on triple glazing.
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    we have a south facing large conservatory, in the winter we use it to partially heat the house. In the summer we have to use the roof blinds.
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    I always remember there was a crumbling heap of stone that was a castle once - not that you could tell. In Yorkshire. For some off reason English heritage had grade 1 listed it.

    Some architect came up with this great plan to turn it into a amazing home - keeping what he could. It would cost about £500k. English heritage fought him every step of the way. At one point they were clearing away fallen stone - which was supporting the main structure. So that partly collapsed! English Heritage then caused him loads more grief.

    I am pleased to say he did get a really nice home. Was it worth the aggro? English heritage should be encouraging people like him...

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    Don't they always have underfloor heating?
    And a boiler from the Queen Mary hidden in the basement.

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