For years, I worked at an architecture centre where building design was part of my daily life, and it turns out I kinda miss that world. Grand Designs Live reignited my interest in both the design/build process and also the sustainability issues that are now more important than ever.
At the show, I saw hempcrete being made (you can guess what that is), learnt about the super-efficient range of Vaillant ecoTEC domestic boilers and renewable technologies, and was haunted by that famous opening music from Grand Designs which played on a loop as you entered or exited the show. So much so that I wasn't fazed by hearing the dulcet tones of Mr McCloud himself - it didn't seem out of place for him to be chatting just a few feet away from where I stood.
If I wasn't a renter, I'd be making so many changes to my home to improve its eco credentials; I learned so much at the show. Plus, I loved seeing all the styled room layouts, product previews, and some of the more, shall we say, eccentric products on sale, such as this levitating bed:
There was so much to see that this little girl had the right idea - I wish I'd had a little lie down too:
Thanks to Vaillant for such a thought provoking day and for being such brilliant sponsors.