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Kevin McCloud reveals his top tips on upgrading home Grand Designs style, without the massive budget

For many, designing and building a home worthy of Grand Designs is a dream that feels completely out of reach.

But now presenter Kevin McCloud has unveiled his simple tricks and tips to transform your home 'Grand Designs style' - without needing a massive budget. 

The host, 60, told Good Housekeeping how things like a fresh lick of paint and proper blinds could be used to give a tired home a fresh lease of life. 

The advice comes as McCloud faces public criticism over multi-million pound houses in a development built by his housing firm that remain unfinished two years after they were due to be completed. 

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud revealed his top tips for giving a home a Grand Designs makeover - without needing a huge budget, including giving the place a lick of fresh paint, updating the insulation, investing in decent blinds and decluttering (illustrated above)

HAB Housing, founded by McCloud, promised eco-friendly developments in Winchester and Oxford would be finished by 2017.  But yesterday the Winchester location still has a building site with temporary toilets where the development promised a wildflower meadow and children's play area.

MailOnline has contacted Kevin McCloud for comment.

A spokesman for HAB said: 'The Directors of HAB Land Limited are disappointed to report that the recent vote put to Bondholders did not pass.

'We continue to explore and evaluate all options with our professional advisers. The Directors cannot comment any further until a final decision is made.

'With regard to our Lovedon Fields development, understandably, we have been prioritising works on the houses of our homebuyers which we have been diligently undertaking.

It comes as McCloud faces public criticism over multi-million pound houses in a development built by his housing firm that remain unfinished two years after they were due to be completed

'Throughout this process, we have been in continual dialogue with our homebuyers, the parish and city councils, and other stakeholders with frequent updates on progress and planned activities.' 

Refresh your paintwork  

Kevin suggested that a lick of fresh paintwork could make the world of difference to the way a home looked.

However the presenter said this didn't mean have to mean getting out the paintbrush - and instead revealed that using washing up liquid to brighten up the walls.

Kevin said it would leave walls looking beautiful, revealing: 'If you put a squeeze of washing up liquid into a bucket of water, you’ll find you have a fantastic mix for getting marks off paint. 

'It even dissolves the paint slightly, so you can work the paint over scratches and missed bits.'

Invest in blinds 

Kevin revealed that adding blinds to a home not only added privacy, but would also give a room the Grand Designs look in style. 

Clean your windows

Kevin revealed 'adding light' to a room was a great way to transform how the space felt - and suggested the easiest way to go about this was by giving the windows a clean. Stock image

Kevin revealed 'adding light' to a room was a great way to transform how the space felt - and suggested the easiest way to go about this was by giving the windows a good clean. 

He said this could double the amount of light coming into the building. 

Declutter and tidy 

The presenter said decluttering could help transform a room, but said the key was 'not to throw everything away.'

Kevin suggested filling a storage container with the stuff you want to throw away and returning to it in three-six months. 

He said that if he hadn't missed it at all, he tended to throw things away, but if he'd missed it, he would keep it.

Spend time improving your garden 

Kevin revealed that improving the look of your garden can make a home appear 'generous' and well-looked after.  

Calling it a great way to add value to a house, Kevin suggested a really pretty garden would give the impression owners had 'taken care and expressed love' for the place.   

Revisit your insulation 

For those brave enough to take on a larger project, Kevin suggested revisiting your home's insulation and thermal efficiency. 

He called it a 'win-win', deeming it a relatively inexpensive  project to take on, while still adding value to a house, and reducing bills.


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