Pauline & Godfrey

Pauline and Godfrey want to downsize to a single-storey home. Graven Hill gives them the opportunity and support to do this in a style that reflects their creativity and budget.

Pauline and Godfrey are hoping to downsize from their three-floored suburban house in Southampton, to a bespoke single-storey modular dwelling. They settle on a particular construction system that allows their home to be built in a factory and delivered to site. But first they must tackle an unsympathetic mortgage market.

After a prolonged financial struggle, one company agrees to give them a mortgage, so they can embark on the journey of delivering their ideal home. However, it does mean any thoughts of Pauline’s retirement are put on hold.

Due to the delays, the company who were going to build their home can no longer complete the order, but thankfully they find another who can. Miraculously, in just 9 weeks from the moment their project hits the production line in the factory, a beautiful, bespoke home is delivered and assembled on Plot 9, which goes some way to make up for all the trauma they’ve had to endure.

Plot 9 - Pauline & Godfrey - Grand Designs The Street

Catch Pauline & Godfrey on Grand Designs: The Street on Thursday 9 May, 9pm, on Channel 4.

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The Street Unveiled – Key Learnings

Graven Hill is more than a self and custom build development. It has become a community.

The series will show that whether you are a first-time buyer, retiring, priced out of the housing market, want a house to reflect your designs and requirements, upsizing or downsizing then Graven Hill has something for you.

None of the original self-builders had large financial cushions to float on and they came from all walks of life. Self-build is available to everyone.

The quality of the homes, their eco-friendly outlook and the inspiring designs show that Graven Hill can really challenge the way we all build houses in the future.

This final episode will look back at the journey of all 10 pioneers and how together with the support of Graven Hill they have turned green fields into truly innovative and personalised homes.

The details

Check Pauline & Godfrey’s Pioneer page after the episode airs to find out more about their build.

“Graven Hill is the UK’s boldest experiment ever in self-build and custom build, enabling individuals to design inspiring homes on pre-prepared plots, limited only by their imagination and their budget.”

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