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Grand Designs viewers fume as couple with ‘tight’ budget build tennis court before house

Grand Designs viewers were confused when a couple decided to build a tennis court before their dream house despite saying they were on a “tight £650,000” budget.

Architectural designer Dan and wife Nina, who works as an interior designer, bought a land with a 1930 house just 600 metres away from the coast in West Sussex for £850,000.

They told presenter Kevin McCloud they had a budget of £650,000 to build the house and decorate the interior, as well as building a eco-system-equipped pond around.

“£650k? Cheap,” Kevin explained to them and they nodded. “That’s on the cheap end. Given their ambition, that’s tight.”



Dan first built a tennis court as a treat to himself after going through months of setbacks
Dan first built a tennis court as a treat to himself after going through months of setbacks

Soon after they started the project, Dan faced the sad news of his dad’s passing and the couple failed to get a mortgage on their flat in London.

The couple had to stop building their dream home because they couldn’t sell their property.

After eight months of delay, the couple re-started their project. Their first item was a tennis court.

The couple also spent a staggering £10,000 on trees.



The builders were laying the foundation of the house while he played tennis with wife Nina
The builders were laying the foundation of the house while he played tennis with wife Nina

Dan said: “Tennis court, something I really enjoy. It’s a treat to myself, so I can’t wait to play on with the kids and a new puppy.”

His decision left viewers questioning their priorities.

“He’s built the tennis court before the f***ing house?” One person wrote in Twitter.

A second said: “Financial knock back so you have to sell the rental house, next thing buy a tennis court. F***ing genius.”



The completed house looks stunning with a natural pond to swim in and an open-panning lounge
The completed house looks stunning with a natural pond to swim in and an open-panning lounge

A third added: “The pool alone was £100k Tennis court is £20k and plants over spend was £10k …. I’m not sure how they get to £650k.”

Others agreed that Dan and Nina’s house has one of the most impressive designs throughout the programme and they couldn’t believe it only took £650,000 to build everything.

“It looks like a £1.5 million house to me, very impressive!” One viewer pointed out.

Grand Designs viewers fume as couple with 'tight' budget build tennis court before house
Anurag Reddy
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