Paul & Blanka

Frustrated by the lack of suitable plots and high rental prices Paul and Blanka took advantage of the opportunities at Graven Hill

They decided to take matters into their own hands and create a cost-effective, eco-friendly home.

They built their house with hempcrete but this came with challenges, namely that the labour costs were more than they imagined. This required a significant amount of tolerance and patience from his family. However, the Graven Hill community spirit came to the fore with neighbours helping Paul and Blanka – and in return he helped them.

As Paul says, “it’s a cosy, friendly, positive community.”

Catch Paul & Blanka in Episode 3 of Grand Designs: The Street
Original episode air date: Thursday 18 April 2019

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The details

How many bedrooms/bathrooms?

Number of bedrooms: 4
Number of bathrooms: 3

How long did it take?

Building started in June 2016 and was completed in August 2018

How much was the final build cost?

Around £190,000

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Paul & Blanka's Home

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“Graven Hill offers a lot of things, but the simple fact it provides availability is just a quantum-leap forward in terms of housing in this country.”

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