Ben wanted his home to be totally self-sufficient with no mains services, and decided to build it using only materials from the woods, using techniques pretty similar to those used a thousand years ago. The church wanted £25,000 for it but Dean knocked them down to £12,500. This is a list of episodes from the television series and its spin-offs Grand Designs Indoors, Grand Designs Abroad and Grand Designs Trade Secrets. This proves challenging for the pair as they want to build a modern property that could be seen as a blot on the landscape to the locals. To make matters worse, erosion specialists predict the property could fall into the sea within just 60 years and the pair are prohibited from reinforcing the cliff face. Undeterred, the pair continue as planned, but the project encounters further problems including the departure of the builders. The original plan was to develop the top two floors of the chalet so the family could spend the summer there, overseeing the completion of the bottom floors.
The project would test even the most accomplished workmen, but is left to their daughter and son-in-law, who have little building experience and have to make personal sacrifices. The group of 11 men and women will build, not just their own property, but each other's homes as well. Their neighbour's wall collapsed in a storm. In this episode, engineers Sean and Dianna plan to build an upside-down house. The build has been organised like a military operation, their filing system has left nothing to chance and Chris will even be doing some of the work himself. The project proved difficult due to their lack of experience and problems with Italian planning laws. Little did he know what he was letting himself and his family in for.
During the past 18 months the upstairs has been completed and the outside has been landscaped. The cottage is set in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Corrina and Adrian have a very small budget and an enormous amount of work to do to return the ruin to its former glory but they are eager and seemingly undaunted by the scale of the project. Episode Revisited 15 March 2001. Michael Butcher and Phil Palmer want to bring a touch of urban glamour to their new home at Christmas Farm near Newbury by creating a modern farmhouse that combines an open-plan party pad with functional spaces below. Chris and Sze are both social workers on low incomes and they have very little in the way of savings. The first project was to build a large rooftop extension which became the main living area of the new penthouse. But over the last few years the modest extension has evolved so much that retaining any of the original cottage simply wasn't practical.
Kevin watches on intrigued as they tackle the challenge of reconciling the very old and the very contemporary. He and his wife, Karen, and their two young daughters, bought the ruins of a 14th-century castle in North Yorkshire and took on the remarkable challenge of turning a pile of stones into a beautiful home. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. As the budget spirals out of control, they find it increasingly difficult to balance the budget with their desire for a sustainable home. As the name suggests the series concentrated on the interior transformation of these properties. Encouraged by their architect, they opt for some state-of-the-art experimental building materials; but do their builders know how to use them? The three-year build on the picturesque slopes of the Berkshire Downs was wracked with hold-ups, set-backs and spiralling costs but the gardens have now been landscaped, and the timber frame has aged in colour from honey to silver as the property settles down into its outstanding rural setting.
This house proves that even in the most crowded areas of our cities, there is potential for Grand Designs. Stefan Lepkowski and Annia Shabowska began work in 2006, and their ambitious plans involved restoring the Georgian building, reconstructing a watermill and adding a steel-and-glass atrium, but their budget of £250,000 was completely inadequate. And, just when they were about to complete these mammoth works, the weather turned bad and disaster struck. The whole thing was imported from Finland as hundreds of pre-cut bits of wood. With little knowledge of restoration, Gwyn and Kate boldly set about turning the dilapidated building into a family home using masses of concrete after taking advice from an architect friend. This proves challenging for the pair as they want to build a modern property that could be seen as a blot on the landscape to the locals. He plans to form the huge property out of two vast curved roundhouses - the largest of which is inspired by the natural geometry of a snail shell - connected by glazing and topped with wildflower meadow roofs to mirror the surrounding countryside.
But their farmhouse has been separated from their land by the expanding village, and Andrew and Meryl want to build a new house at the heart of their farm, so they can keep an eye on their herd of 200 cattle. They decided to build a houseboat which would give them more space for a fraction of the price of a home on land. Instead of creating a home like the traditional old fincas in the area, their architect son designed them a confrontational, modernist glass box, surrounded by boldly colourful connected rooms, behind a giant citadel wall. In return, he gave them a design that fused medieval and modern and promised a beautifully simple interior. In order to cope with the incredibly steep slope the house was divided across three levels. They decided to build a houseboat which would give them more space for a fraction of the price of a home on land. Will Jane realise her dream of celebrating her first anniversary with her new husband in her new home or will her New England kit house become a living hell? They wanted a house that would reflect their love of travel and eastern cultures, yet blend into the very English countryside around them.
They snapped up a dirt cheap slither of land in Peckham at an auction only to be told it was too small to put a house on. He was out fishing with a friend when he came across a beautiful, secluded loch. To stave off the homesickness they decided to turn the property into a one-of-a-kind home, complete with roof bath, tatami room and sliding paper walls. When they sold their house, they were worried that someone might knock the tower down, so they decided to try and find a way to live in this huge, concrete monster. Kevin McCloud revisits a couple who hoped to restore a dilapidated Georgian house in London to its former glory. However, access will be extremely difficult and expensive because of a low bridge over the narrow track to the site, and problems arise when one of the heaviest storms in recent history batters the coast. However, the sheer scale of their project soon becomes clear when their original £850k budget spirals out of control.
Meanwhile, they had lost their hearts to a German post-and-beam house, designed by architect Peter Huf and available as a customised kit. It's a magical place with stunning views over the nearby hills. John Martin, 53, and his partner Noreen Jaafar, 46, have spent three years and £355,000 so far creating an incredible open plan, four-bed home 40ft in the air on a patch of forgotten woodland in Dursley, Gloucestershire. With only a £100k budget to play with, they decide to do a lot of the building themselves. However, a Birmingham Housing Association has set up a scheme that allows people to build one instead.