Grand Designs disaster costs couple thousands as entire roof rots away

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Grand Designs will see one couple face an expensive set back in disastrous scenes due to air tonight.

A living nightmare strikes when a building surveyor inspects the property’s roof, only to find that the whole structure has completely rotted away thanks to the adverse weather.

In a clip shared exclusively with, presenter Kevin McCloud informs viewers it would cost ‘thousands of pounds’ to replace the roof should it all be sodden.

Moments later, a man in a hard hat reveals that things aren’t looking good.

‘There is rot there in the top,’ he observes.

‘it would be nice if the ridge was dry and in good condition,’ the owner says, as he keeps his fingers crossed.

The roof was surveyed – and it wasn’t good news (Picture: BBC)

The whole roof was rotten (Picture: BBC)

‘If the ridge purlin, the largest beam running across the top, is also rotten, the whole roof will need to be rebuilt,’ Kevin explains.

Sadly for the proprietors, it was like Kevin had tempted fate.

‘That doesn’t look good all the way along there,’ the builder assessed. ‘All rotted away.’

‘Balls,’ the client responds. Balls indeed.

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Elsewhere on tonight’s show, gallery owner Elinor and fitness entrepreneur Born set themselves the task of creating Britain’s first hypoallergenic house in a leafy back garden plot in south-west London.

Driven by the need to alleviate their two young sons’ life-threatening allergies, their new part-submerged, shed-inspired home, will be constructed using low toxin materials and deploy cutting-edge filtration systems to clean the air they breathe.

Will their innovative new house deliver the benefits Elinor and Born are hoping for?

The new series of Grand Designs is on Channel 4 on Wednesdays at 9pm.

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