“Better to have a little of something really precious , than to have a lot of mediocrity.”

Did you watch Grand Designs this week? While I really enjoy the show, I mostly find it all just a bit too ‘grand’. Not so with this weeks episode, featuring the small but very clever home of Indi and Rebecca on the Isle of Skye.

Kevin paraphrases Indi at the end of the episode with “Better to have a little of something really precious , than to have a lot of mediocrity.”

This was the guiding principle for the couples build. With a limited budget, they decided that small and good was better than big and brazen. Being artists, they also had an eye for encompassing the natural beauty of their surroundings.

Building on an island had its own limitations, too – everything had to be ‘imported’.


The episode is available to view on ABC iView here: http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/41018. You can also find it on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcz1bllLWJg (warning, it may throw up a second window that plays a music video – if it does, just close the second window).

More information on the project can be found here:





  1. Yes I agree with you on the grand designe program, I would prefer to see some poor hard up sod who bought a fixer upper and tries to improve it.
    Cheers, Steve Jones

  2. That house was a complete design flop and failure. They had a magnificent view to capture, but their idiot architect installed a tiny window on the ground floor. The view from the loft master bed room was a big solid downward sloping ceiling. Even in the bathroom design was a complete flop. If they sit in the bathtub the windows are in the wrong place and they can’t see out. That house does not capture the outside view and leaves the people living inside a small and crappy IKEA-themed enclosure. There were a thousand better design choices that could have been made in the same budget and incorporating a grass roof – which was completely un-green and un-environmentally friendly because they trucked in the grass sod from miles away. Why not just use the same dirt that surrounds their house in their local environment and sprinkle some grass seed and let nature do her thing? This was hands down one of the worst outcomes on Grand Designs, one of the worst ever designs. Plus, eco-extremists are often much much much more environmentally unconscious than others, they ignore the complete picture as it suits them, I.e. extensive shipping and transport distances, etc…

    • Angela, I understand your concerns and comments, but at the end of the day, they were happy with it. And isn’t that what designing and building your own home is all about?
      Being on an island with no natural resources of its own, inevitably most materials were going to be imported anyway.
      We all have different wants and needs from our personal space, so I say ‘learn from both the bits you like about a project, as well as those that make you cringe.’

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