Miss last night’s episode of Grand Designs: The Streets?

Here’s what you need to know…

In the second episode of Grand Designs: The Streets, we met Vineet and Simmi and Prabhjot and Shalini. Part of a community of friends living close together in Slough, one by one each friend has moved to Graven Hill and Vineet and Simmi and Prabhjot and Shalini are the next to make their move. To build their new home, Vineet and Simmi engaged a friend from the community, while Prabhjot and Shalini opted for a super quick kit house.

We caught up with Shalini ahead of the programme and asked her to share some more about her self-build journey.

Meet Prabhjot and Shalini

What made you decide to build your own home?

It has been a long term dream of ours to build our own house from scratch and Graven Hill made it happen! We both loved the whole process from design to construction and loved making decisions together throughout our journey.

Why did you choose to build at Graven Hill?

We fell in love with the distinctiveness of the place. Each house is unique and reflects the owner’s personalities. It’s like nothing we have ever seen in the UK. As well as all that, Graven Hill offers a beautiful landscape and stunning natural scenery.

What was your build process and what challenges did you need to overcome?

We found the construction of our house extremely smooth and all taken care of by our kit home provider. Right from the design phase everything was taken care of remotely. Despite concerns we may be delayed due to the pandemic, our process was unaffected. All the walls were custom made, delivered and put together in just a few days. The whole house was ready for us to move into within 10 weeks. Believe it or not, the main challenge we faced was the weather!

What are some key features of your home?

The outdoor spaces are my favourite and we’ve designed them to look beautiful and well-manicured throughout the year with zero effort.

Grand Designs: The Streets was first broadcast on Wednesday 13 April on Channel 4 at 9pm. If you’re interested in finding out more about Self-Build at Graven Hill, join us for our Self-Build Made Simple webinar on Tuesday 31 May and get the answers to all your questions and take the first steps towards your dream home.