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South West London

6th January 2021 9pm Channel 4

South West London

Not many of us would even think about building their new home within a cemetery, but that’s precisely the madcap mission former army captain Justin sets out on. He’s spent a whopping £1.8 million pounds on an abandoned Neo-Gothic cemetery keepers lodge and adjoining ex-council toilet block in South West London. Justin’s vision is to restore the lodge but demolish the ugly toilet blocks and replace them with an enormous luxury ground floor extension, with added moat and giant basement with a swimming pool – all just metres from the nearest grave. He’ll build the house, for himself and his five year old son, in just one year and for no more than £1.6 million. At least that’s the plan.


With some builder’s quotes coming in at a crazy £4 million, the project hits delays right from the off. When tortuous demolition and excavation finally start, incredibly Justin decides his basement needs to be even bigger so extends the excavation directly underneath the heavy stone-built Gothic lodge, adding hugely to the engineering costs and schedule. With challenges coming thick and fast, including a global pandemic, remarkably Justin refuses to compromise even as the budget spirals out of control.

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Company Name
Basement Contractor
Main Contractor
Structural Engineer
Bathroom Blind
Shower Screens
Coffee Table
Sofas, chairs and rug
Chest of Drawers
Paint in bedroom and bathroom
Chairs and Bar Stools
Dining Table
Kitchen Cupboard Handles
Paint on Kitchen Panelling
Cloud Paintings
Artwork in Living Room
Swimming Pool
Water Feature
External Joinery
Green Roof
Outdoor Furniture
Air Conditioning
Electrical Accessories
Fire & Intruder Alarms
Snug Sofa
Timber Flooring
Main Bathroom
Family Bathroom
Living Room
Main Bedroom
Dining Room
Swimming Pool
Main Build
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