Terry & Olwen

Terry and Olwen are retiring to Graven Hill. The couple plan to build a bespoke, future-proofed house, taking advantage of the design freedom at Graven Hill.

Terry and Olwen live in a quiet village in Northamptonshire. Terry has some building experience and wants to build his own home – while his body is still up to the hardships of construction.

The couple plan to build a bespoke, future-proofed, giant wedge of a house, which Terry will project manage and build himself. This is a huge physical challenge but should save the couple a fortune on labour. If successful, Terry and Olwen will have built a stand-out home that’s hard to imagine could be built anywhere but on Graven Hill.
Whilst building their own home, Terry and Olwen will be helping their friend and current neighbour Lynn (Plot 2), who is following them to site and building her own home on the plot next door.


Lynn wants a home that truly reflects her artistic side but has no self-build experience. Graven Hill provides the opportunity to design a spacious and modern home with an open-plan ground level.

Lynn is a retired Design Technology teacher but is not quite ready to put her feet up. She has boldly chosen to ‘build a home before somebody puts her in one’. She currently lives in a 250-year-old cottage on the same street as Terry and Olwen (Plot 1) and is now relocating to build alongside them at Graven Hill. Lynn is looking for something different in her new home – something to truly reflect her artistic side, something that could only be achieved at Graven Hill.

In contrast to her current house, her new home will be spacious and modern with an open-plan ground level and polished concrete floor. Upstairs the two bedrooms will be cantilevered out over the front of the building with an oast-house inspired roundel protruding from the roof. It is a bold design for someone with no building experience, but Lynn is not easily deterred and has decided not only to project manage but also to do as much of the work as possible herself.

Catch Terry and Olwen alongside Lynn on Grand Designs: The Street on Thursday 4 April, 9pm, on Channel 4.

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The details

Check Terry and Olwen’s Pioneer page after the episode airs to find out more about their build.

The details

Check Lynn’s Pioneer page after the episode airs to find out more about her build.

“This is a dream come true for us. Having looked at other places, Graven Hill is like having everything on a plate. Fantastic!”

Terry Brown-Waite, Pioneer resident

“I didn’t realise there was the opportunity to actually do something like this. What came from a need to do something different grew into a real possibility!”