Designers Scott, Fiona and Francesca kick of The Great British Design Challenge for 2014 showcasing their design talents to the judges to book a place in the next round of the competition.
As always in the heats, the designers are given 3 days and £1000 budget to deliver their designs. They are also given access to a small team including a builder to help them deliver the finished work that will be judged by interior designers Sophie Robinson and Daniel Hopwood.
In the first heat, amateur designers take on three living rooms belonging to one family in neighbouring 17th-century cottages in the Cotswolds.
Accustomed to working to precision, oil rig draughtsman Scott struggles with the uneven 300-year-old walls to deliver his modern design, while young mum Francesca must find a way to display her homeowner’s treasured heirlooms, in keeping with her shabby chic scheme. College lecturer Fiona shows off her skills when she reupholsters a coffee table in her industrial themed room.
As it turned out, Fiona’s room design had all the elements that the judges were looking for and they therefore crowned her winner of the first heat.