In South Devon, Joe and Claire’s family house will be a giant sculpture inspired by the local landscape, 70 metres long and featuring 34 enormous angled zinc shards jutting out in all directions. But it proves astonishingly complicated to build.
Bereaved Gretta returns from Malaysia to build a single-storey, burnt wood and glass pavilion on the land of her sister Mary and brother-in-law Fernando. Also designed by her nephew Carlos, it’s a real family affair, a story of recovery and renewal.
Carpenter Olaf creates an oasis for himself and partner Fritha on a small slice of land in West Sussex, squeezed by a mainline railway and a busy A road. All they’re left with is a very small triangle on which to build their future life together.
Architectural designer Dan and interior designer Nina want to build a sleek, unique larch clad family house. But their biggest challenge is to convert a swamp on the plot into a sweeping, biodiverse waterscape with a beautiful natural swimming pond.
On a Scottish country estate architect Iain and his wife Jenny build an enormous new black, square building inside a beautiful old walled garden, connecting it right through the high garden wall into a dilapidated gardeners bothy on the other side.
Young Cumbrian couple Rob and Ruth take on the ruins of a 200-year-old former Blacking Mill, their bold vision to conserve as much of the original structure as possible and within the walls slot in an entirely new sharp edged, modern building.