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Australians have slammed an Devon house after an episode of Grand Designs following the building journey aired down under on ABC TV on Sunday evening (April 17). The ‘Hux Shard’ was designed as a sculptured house inspired by the granite Tors of Dartmoor, but the Australian’s who tuned in were less than impressed.

While the show was airing, people across the country took to Twitter to vent their frustrations while watching property developer Joe Priday and his family blow their budget out the water and run into problem after problem. One Twitter user said they were “stressed watching it”.

Despite starting with a budget of £835,000, the house on the outskirts of Exeter ended up costing £2.5m, with the kitchen alone setting the family back £125,000. It was designed to be futuristic and was compared to the Tate Modern art museum, however one Australian viewer of the show said it looks more like a rhino than anything else.

Overwhelmingly unimpressed with the final house, @peanut_tv didn’t think it would be a nice place to make a home. They said: “It would be like living in a shipping center or art gallery.”

They then suggested ways of making it a bit more cosy. They tweeted: “This house needs some handmade rugs fashioned from up cycled materials and a few kids drawings stuck on the walls with blu-tak.”

Similarly, @verymiffedf was left unimpressed with the multi-million pound house. They tweeted a scathing criticism of Joe and the designers: “We’ve said it before and we’ll probably say it again – money is no guarantee of taste.”



Inspired by Dartmoor’s granite tors – the £2.5m Hux Shard, Exeter

A thread by Twitter user @StMaryMacKiller brutally tore apart everyone involved in the design and building process of the house, even consulting the floor plan of the house. In her Twitter rant, she said: “O my lord…the house on Grand Designs now is what happens when an untrained person, with too much money & zero engineering knowhow, gets hold of Archicad.

“At no point has this person asked ‘why’ they’ve made the decisions they’ve made – it just looked fun in isometric CAD. £600,000 JUST FOR THE FRAME??!? Too much money; too much CAD; no sense .”

Later, she added: “The floorplan is giving me heartburn. The random rhomboid variations, from footprints of rooms, to ‘shard’ walls, have no point. He said it “looks like a rhino charging over the hill”! More like it what designed in Rhino.”

Meanwhile, @hcl2010 chose her descriptions carefully, and harshly. She said: “Watching Grand Designs. Hate to have to clean the monstrosity being built. It’s HUGE and ugly. Looks like a factory!!”

In another tweet after the episode had finished, she speculated that presenter Kevin McCloud, who had called Joe the ‘epitome of ambition’, was not all that happy with the property developer and his demands. She said: “Tonight’s house was a shocker- the worst I’ve seen on that show! Not sure that Kevin was too impressed.”

The house was completed in 2020 after a series of delays due to glazing problems with the huge glass panels, the pandemic and lockdowns.

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