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Festival goers Olaf & Fritha built a complex home. It was three-storey, triangular and timber-framed.
/ Channel 4/ Stef KerstallIn Cambridgeshire one family divided a plot in order to pay off debts. The third installment followed Ian and Jenny as their journey from city life to a rotten hut in a historic Scottish estate. The most difficult part was the conversion of the Grade II-listed building into their forever home. This was done under the watchful eye of other residents of the estate. The couple had a tight budget and were determined to build a home overlooking the natural swimming pool.
/ Channel 4In the Lake District Rob and Ruth took on the crumbling pig ruin with big dreams and the pressure to fund it with a parent’s retirement fund.
/ Channel 4Memorable projects of previous Grand Designs series include Devon’s lighthouse, which was, at the time it was being filmed, deemed an eyesore by the locals. The emotional rollercoaster episode revealed Edward and Hazel had separated after spiralling expenses, debts of more than?4 million, and extensive delays that caused irreparable damage.
/ Alan PhillipsLast Year’s series saw Mark, a design engineer, embark on a journey in Warwickshire to build a wheelchair-friendly home for his family. Although Penny and Mark separated after a year of the build, Penny continued to manage the project and the home was put up for sale a month after Kevin McCloud’s last visit.