Plumber Jon and ceramicist Noreen hand build a big modern tree house in their Gloucestershire home town for just £268k. It proves an epic undertaking as they wrestle their ambitious stepped box design into life 40 feet up in the canopy.
Matt and Sophie from Sussex want to build a giant house of fun for themselves and their three children – featuring secret stairs, hiding places and a fireman’s pole. But Matt keeps changing the design as he goes along, bewildering his builders.
Wood steam benders Tom and Danielle have just £100k to hand-build a spectacular family home in South Cornwall with curvy wood cladding and twisty handmade furniture. But soon business commitments and family life start to overwhelm them.
After recovering from illness, artist and teacher Michelle and her architect husband David, found a beautiful plot in an Essex woodland, where David devised a sleek, black clad, three bedroom house with a separate artist studio for Michelle.
Bricklayer Paul ropes in wife Carol, daughter Abby and his mates to build an ultra-modern five-bed house in Bolton – made out of wood not bricks. They’re hammered by extreme weather, then funding dries up and the entire project is put at risk.
Simon and Jasmine have only £500 to start building their unique family house on a hill in Pembrokeshire. As if that wasn’t challenge enough, planning constraints dictate to stay on the land they also have to be officially self-sufficient.
Mark and Candida build a sweeping, curvy new home and a matching working barn on their 17 acre smallholding in Devon. Setting themselves just 7 months to do it, this unique technical challenge relies on boundless optimism to pull off.