01 /  Farnham: The Regency Villa

17th Jul '01 - 9:00pm
Farnham: The Regency Villa

Helen and Mark had always dreamed of owning a Georgian house but knew they couldn't afford the genuine article. So they decided to build their own. They bought a large plot of land in Surrey, surrounded by trees, and commissioned an architect who specialised in conservation architecture to design it.

Modelled on the Regency villas of the 1820s, their design had five reception rooms on the ground floor, a sweeping central staircase, four large bedrooms upstairs and a guest wing designed to look like a coach-house. Grand Regency features included a great bow window in the dining room, an oval orangery, a square portico (columned porch) and a terrace with a classical balustrade.

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02 /  Sussex: The New England House

24th Jul '01 - 9:00pm
Sussex: The New England House

With a plot of land in Sussex overlooking the South Downs, newly-weds Jane and Willem wanted a house that would be atmospheric and open to the countryside. Inspired by memories of America, Jane planned a New England-style gabled house with large windows to make the most of the views.

Before she met and married Willem, she had already decided to buy a 'kit house' - a timber-frame building that is designed and manufactured off-site, then shipped in pieces to the client to be erected. This is a popular form of house building in the United States and the techniques used are highly developed - a far cry from Britain's famous post-war prefabs.

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03 /  Huddersfield: The Wool Mill

31st Jul '01 - 9:00pm
Huddersfield: The Wool Mill

A derelict woollen mill in a Yorkshire village may not say 'modernist' to everyone. But Chris and Gill - who, fortunately, run their own specialist joinery business - saw it as the perfect opportunity to create a visionary home. They liked the traditional brick of the building and opted to keep the exterior virtually untouched. Inside, they would strip everything out and make a home of fluid spaces, based around an open-plan ground floor, an atrium and a galleried upper floor.

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04 /  Wales: The Isolated Cottage

7th Aug '01 - 9:00pm
Wales: The Isolated Cottage

An isolated hilltop in the Brecon Beacons might seem an inhospitable place for a couple's first home. But Adrian and Corinna both grew up in the area, and the ruined farmhouse they chose to restore had been in Adrian's family for generations. The site's lack of mains water and electricity gave them no qualms. True, the track up the hill was often inaccessible in winter. But the landscape was beautiful and they both felt they belonged there.

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05 /  The Cruciform House, Berkshire

14th Aug '01 - 9:00pm
The Cruciform House, Berkshire

When Rupert and Julie bought a hilltop site in the Berkshire Downs, they were determined to build a house that would make the most of the countryside and stunning views.

They turned to architecture firm Roderick James, which specialises in modern design and traditional timber craftsmanship. Together with architect Hugh McGann, they came up with a house of green oak and glass, built in an unusual cruciform (cross) shape.

The cruciform design meant that the house commanded views in every direction. It also created wind-breaks and areas of shelter on an exposed site. The house would have a timber frame, with 16 elevations and a double-height central space where all four wings connected. On the ground floor, this would be occupied by the kitchen. Above it, four bedrooms would open off a galleried landing.

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06 /  Birmingham: The Community Self-Build

21st Aug '01 - 9:00pm
Birmingham: The Community Self-Build

In May 1999, 11 people in Bordesley, West Birmingham, set out to build their own homes. Few of them had any professional experience in construction. For the previous two years, the Accord Housing Association had been training them in the skills they would need. Now they were to put them to the test.

Angela, who worked for Accord, would be the project co-ordinator. Peter, a builder with 20 years' experience, would be site manager, overseeing the work. The group members; Calvin (who was appointed leader), Paul, Carol, Mr Azad, Petrona, Tab, Gerald, Paul, Yasser, Richard, Bash - had not known each other when they signed up, having been attracted to the project through advertising and word of mouth.

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07 /  London: The Jewel Box

28th Aug '01 - 9:00pm
London: The Jewel Box

Sarah, a maker of modern jewellery, and Coneyl, a freelance photographer, wanted a modern home from which they could both work. But they also wanted a uniquely personal house. So they commissioned architect Mike Tonkin to come up with a radical design for their long, thin site in a north London residential street.

The result is a house designed around a water garden and built to look delicate while being strong. A pair of buildings - a house and a double-height studio - face each other at either end of the long water garden. They are connected by a colonnaded walkway on one side and a glass-walled wing comprising a workshop and bedrooms on the other.

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08 /  Devon: The Derelict Barns

4th Sep '01 - 9:00pm
Devon: The Derelict Barns

Sue and Martin took a holistic approach when they converted a pair of Devon barns into a family home. They believed that the house should look like a natural part of the landscape. So they built it using environmentally sustainable techniques and allowed much of its design to evolve during the build.
The oldest barn, dating from the 1600s, was built from stone and cob - a straw-and-mud mixture characteristic of Devon - while the newer, 19th-century barn was totally of stone. The older barn would have a thatched roof, the newer barn slates. A south-facing sitting room would overlook a double-height glass atrium, which would become an indoor garden, filled with citrus trees. Four bedrooms and a study would go upstairs.

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09 /  Revisited - Birmingham: The Community Self-Build

8th Nov '01 - 9:00pm
Revisited - Birmingham: The Community Self-Build

Kevin McCloud revisits an innovative housing scheme in Birmingham. Just over two years ago a group of 11 men and women agreed to build, not just their own, but each other's homes.

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10 /  Revisited - Wales: The Isolated Cottage

15th Nov '01 - 9:00pm
Revisited - Wales: The Isolated Cottage

Kevin McCloud re-visits Adrian and Corrina, who decided their first home was to be a 300-year-old ruin. The former cottage is set in the inhospitable climate of the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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11 /  Revisited - Devon: The Derelict Barns

22nd Nov '01 - 9:00pm
Revisited - Devon: The Derelict Barns

Sue and Martin took a holistic approach when they converted a pair of Devon barns into a family home. They believed that the house should look like a natural part of the landscape. So they built it using environmentally sustainable techniques and allowed much of its design to evolve during the build.
The oldest barn, dating from the 1600s, was built from stone and cob - a straw-and-mud mixture characteristic of Devon - while the newer, 19th-century barn was totally of stone. The older barn would have a thatched roof, the newer barn slates. A south-facing sitting room would overlook a double-height glass atrium, which would become an indoor garden, filled with citrus trees. Four bedrooms and a study would go upstairs.

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12 /  Revisited - Lambourn: The Cruciform House

29th Nov '01 - 9:00pm
Revisited - Lambourn: The Cruciform House

Kevin McCloud returns to the Lambourn Valley to meet a couple who took three years to finish building their home on the Berkshire Downs.

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13 /  The Co-Op: Revisited

6th Dec '01 - 9:00pm
The Co-Op: Revisited

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14 /  The Isolated Cottage: Revisited

10th Sep '02 - 9:00pm
The Isolated Cottage: Revisited

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15 /  The Dilapidated Georgian House: Revisited

17th Sep '02 - 9:00pm
The Dilapidated Georgian House: Revisited

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16 /  The Water Tower: Revisited

24th Sep '02 - 9:00pm
The Water Tower: Revisited

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17 /  The Derelict Barns: Revisited

1st Oct '02 - 9:00pm
The Derelict Barns: Revisited

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