Carpenters are often the unsung heroes of engineering and construction. With a piece of wood and the right skills any problem can be solved – at least that is what Olaf, a master carpenter, is hoping. Now he’s up against the biggest challenge of his career. He wants to create an oasis for himself and partner Fritha on a small slice of land in West Sussex, which happens to be squeezed by a mainline railway and a busy A road. Not only that, half of the plot can’t even be built on due an underground mains sewer. All they’re left with is a very small triangle on which to build their future life together.
With just one hundred and ninety thousand pounds in the bank, Olaf and Fritha have to use all the ingenuity they can muster to make their triangular 3 bedroom house come to life. Sturdy retaining walls and foundations to combat traffic vibrations cost more than they’d hoped. The bewildering angles needed to create the sharp pointed hand built timber frame stretch Olaf to his limits. As super thick sound proofing walls are installed together, the budget reaches breaking point. And along with all this, Fritha and Olaf are going through IVF at the same time. It’s clear that this is turning into one of the most stressful and pivotal moments of their lives.
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