Missed ‘Grand Designs: The Street’ on Channel 4 last night?

Here’s what you need to know…

Channel 4’s Grand Designs: The Street is showcasing 10 self-build projects at the UK’s largest self and custom build community, Graven Hill. Last night lifted the lid on two sets of our pioneers, showing just how unique a self-build home can really be.

Featured last night:

Taking advantage of the view — Sean & Diana

Sean and Diana are both automotive engineers and by applying their methodical minds to their build, they have opted for a minimalist, open-plan ‘upside-down’ home with the living and dining space on the first floor.

The build will mean the couple will be able to look out over the Graven Hill landscape from their home. They also show how, by planning ahead, how they have future proofed their home to allow them to expand the living areas and increase the number of bedrooms as required.

To save time, the house will be accurately built off-site before being brought together and assembled on their plot. However, their build takes an unexpected turn when Diana accepts a job in Russia.

The couple both agree that their build has been “challenging and rewarding” but feel that the collective spirit of being part of a group of Graven Hill builders helped get them through.

The details: 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, started in November 2018, yet to be completed, estimated build costs, £300,000.


Quality of life comes first — Garrie & Sue

Creating a home that would directly benefit their quality of life was top of the priority list for these two pioneers.

Garrie and Sue wanted to create a home that would directly benefit Sue’s quality of life. Sue suffers from osteoporosis and had begun to find their previous stair-heavy house incompatible.

They didn’t want to go and buy a home and then have to spend time and money altering it to suit their needs. As Sue and Garrie say, Graven Hill was “The perfect place to build a home as we were able to incorporate what was most important to us. The opportunity at Graven Hill was far and above any other option we had.”

In their newly-designed home, Sue and Garrie have ensured that it will positively transform their lives and improve Sue’s day-to-day activities. Spanning three-storeys, with top-of-the-range glass features and handy gadgets, they have fitted a lift to ensure that Sue can easily access all areas of their home, well into the future.

The details: 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, started in September 2017, yet to be completed, final build cost estimated to be around £535,000.


What ‘later living’ provisions can you incorporate?

Within the Graven Hill development, self-builders can pick and choose exactly what they need to make their lifestyle and home completely their own. Here are a few options for later living plans:

  • Flush to floor doors and outer paving to guarantee easy, step-free access
  • Single level living – or incorporating a lift!
  • Widened doors for wheelchair access
  • Open-plan living, flexible and convertible rooms utilising sliding doors
  • Lowered light switches and handles for easy reach
  • Chest-height appliances to help avoid bending or reaching
  • Easy and low maintenance outside space
  • Wet rooms

The possibilities are endless – you really can make it completely tailored to your needs.

There are many financial, as well as social, benefits to having a home that grows and adapts to your present and future lifestyle. Not only are families able to enjoy spending time together in a stylish setting that caters to everyone, there is a lot less pressure to set money aside for moving costs or make decisions about when to downsize or relocate.

Modular build know-how

Modular building techniques are taking the self and custom-build market by storm, and there is no surprise. Previously, such techniques have been associated with low-cost, unimaginative homes, but that simply isn’t the case anymore.

Modular builds can be created precisely to your requirements, affording you with the flexibility and free will to create an entirely unique home. If you’re looking for speed and accuracy, modular homes can be the perfect solution. Depending on the complexity of your build, they can take as little as eight weeks to construct.

Designed and built almost entirely offsite, the elements of your house will then be brought to your plot to be meticulously put together right in front of your eyes.

To view one of our modular home builds, take a look at the Kirkmans’ story here.

What are the benefits of a modular build?

  • Modular homes are constructed offsite, making the process significantly quicker than a traditional build. It also means that the construction of the build and the site works can be done simultaneously which can reduce the total build time by up to 50%
  • As modular homes are built in a factory setting, they must meet strict quality and safety guidelines
  • Many modular builds come with thermal efficiency and ventilation as standard, resulting in a higher quality and more cost-efficient home.