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.
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.
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.