GRAND Design: House of the Year viewers slammed a “hideous” property with an “eyesore” for a roof.
In the pioneering houses category, host Kevin McCloud and the experts explored a home with a mountain on the roof.
Property expert Kevin visited a property in southeast London called Mountain View, with a metal mountain scape sitting over a one-off building where demolished walls are shelves and tables have hairy rubber legs.
Kevin met owner and architect Matt who lives with civil servant wife Laura and their two children.
The living room had been renovated and the rest of the property had been remodelled, including the family area, bedroom, bathroom and utility room.
It is finished with a two-dimensional silhouette of a mountain made of foamed aluminium.
Matt wanted his family’s home to express all of the things they are interested in.
Clearly baffled, Kevin quizzed the couple on why they wanted a mountain on the side of their home.
Matt replied: “We saw these pictures of this Disneyland ride in San Diego where they were making this hyper realistic mountain. And we thought ‘why not try and replicate it’.”
But viewers were confused by the unusual design attached to the roof.
One wrote: “Don’t put any of the houses through this week, especially this mountain house. #houseoftheyear #granddesigns”
“There’s pioneering and then there’s plain ridiculous, mountain house. #houseoftheyear #granddesigns,” another said.
A third posted: “Looks like some sort of abandoned children’s play house, with a mountain view foam cut-out. Hideous. #houseoftheyear #granddesigns”
A fourth commented: “These houses are getting worse…Mountain House is an eyesore! #houseoftheyear #granddesigns”
Another bemused fan tweeted: “So, the extension with a stupid board to pretend it’s a mountain, yeah really clever stuff. #houseoftheyear #granddesigns”
One stunned viewer added: “‘Hyper-realistic mountain’ err really? #GrandDesigns”
Stepping inside the property is a theatrical experience, with plenty of character including exposed brick wall that doubles as storage space, a foam seat that look like a piece of cheese and a woolly concrete wall.
They also opted for recycled chopping boards for their kitchen worktops and recycled car tyres for the dining table legs.
Laura said she often gets asked why they put a mountain on the back of the house, and she usually replies with, “why not”, while Matt said coming home to an “old white box” would have been “boring”.
Meanwhile, the neighbours said they are often startled by the striking appearance but praised the couple’s innovative concept.