01 /  Waterloo: The Violin Factory

21st Jan '04 - 9:00pm
Waterloo: The Violin Factory

Louise and Milko wanted to build the home of a lifetime. Milko's job as a well-paid City banker meant they could think big, so Louise set up her own architectural practice and they bought a disused violin factory in the heart of London's Waterloo. The crumbling building was hemmed in on all sides and had no views, but Louise had a vision of a spectacular loft-style home that would combine stunning design with utter luxury

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02 /  Customised German Kit House, Surrey

28th Jan '04 - 9:00pm
Customised German Kit House, Surrey

David and Greta loved their home, a modernist structure in Surrey that they had built themselves almost 40 years ago. It was filled with things they'd chosen over the years - design classics, mementoes, David's paintings. But that house was falling apart and had to come down. Meanwhile, they had lost their hearts to a German post-and-beam house, designed by architect Peter Huf and available as a customised kit.

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03 /  Edinburgh: 19th Century Sandstone House

4th Feb '04 - 9:00pm
Edinburgh: 19th Century Sandstone House

When Reuben and April came across a ruined 19th-century house amid the tower blocks of Leith, Edinburgh, they saw it as their future home. They had no clear idea of how to restore it, and precious little building experience. Still, they were young and fit (they had met on Reuben's climbing wall) and they liked a challenge. So they bought the crumbling shell and set about transforming it with their own hands.

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04 /  19th-Century Sandstone House, Edinburgh

11th Feb '04 - 9:00pm
19th-Century Sandstone House, Edinburgh

David and Anjana's tiny coach house was proving too small for them and their two children. So they decided to build a new house in their own garden, which was big by London standards. But this particular grassy plot came with problems. It was overlooked by huge blocks of flats, and in the middle of it stood a chestnut tree they weren't allowed to cut down. They came up with an inspired solution: they would build a curving house along the borders of their plot. What's more, they would do a lot of the work themselves.

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05 /  Sussex: The Modernist Sugar Cube

18th Feb '04 - 9:00pm
Sussex: The Modernist Sugar Cube

Tom and Darron wanted to build a house that would be home to them, their art collection and their two large dogs. Darron's passion for surfing meant it would also have to be near a beach. They already shared a timber beach house in a hamlet on the Sussex coast, and when a neighbour's bungalow came up for sale, they decided to buy it, demolish it and build a dazzling white modernist house in its place.

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06 /  Modernist Sugar Cube, Sussex

25th Feb '04 - 9:00pm
Modernist Sugar Cube, Sussex

Tony and Jo, musicians with Scottish Opera, had long dreamed of a home in the countryside. They found a perfect site on the Clyde estuary in Argyll and Bute. Located in a small village on a hillside, it had glorious views as far as the isle of Arran and was less than an hour's drive from Glasgow. Inspired by local oak-framed barns, they gave architect Andy McAvoy an open brief. In return, he gave them a design that fused medieval and modern and promised a beautifully simple interior. However, the construction was anything but simple...

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07 /  Dorset: An Idiosyncratic Home

3rd Mar '04 - 9:00pm
Dorset: An Idiosyncratic Home

Amid 55 acres of organic farmland in the New Forest, Lizzie and Mike set out to build an idiosyncratic home. They wanted a house that would reflect their love of travel and eastern cultures, yet blend into the very English countryside around them. Their first proposal, for a wooden Japanese house, was refused planning permission, but after three years of adapting their ideas with architect David Underhill, they were finally ready to build. Their ingenious design was in three sections: a living wing, a bedroom wing and a romantic tower.

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08 /  Revisited - Edinburgh: 19th Century Sandstone House

10th Mar '04 - 9:00pm
Revisited - Edinburgh: 19th Century Sandstone House

Kevin returns to see whether the couple's solo attempts to transform a wreck of an old stone building in Leith, with no previous building experience, has been successful.

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09 /  Revisited - Waterloo: The Violin Factory

13th Oct '05 - 9:00pm
Revisited - Waterloo: The Violin Factory

Louise and Milko wanted to build the home of a lifetime. Milko's job as a well-paid City banker meant they could think big, so Louise set up her own architectural practice and they bought a disused violin factory in the heart of London's Waterloo. The crumbling building was hemmed in on all sides and had no views, but Louise had a vision of a spectacular loft-style home that would combine stunning design with utter luxury

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10 /  Revisited - Clapham: The Curved House

23rd Nov '05 - 9:00pm
Revisited - Clapham: The Curved House

Anjana and David Devoy started building a contemporary home that curved around a protected chestnut tree in their garden. Kevin McCloud returns to see if their plan worked.

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11 /  Revisited - Walton: The German Huf Haus

12th Mar '08 - 9:00pm
Revisited - Walton: The German Huf Haus

Kevin revisits David and Greta Iredale, who replaced their original house which they designed and built themselves with a German built, precision engineered Huf Haus.

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12 /  Revisited - Argyll: The Oak-Framed House

25th Apr '07 - 9:00pm
Revisited - Argyll: The Oak-Framed House

Kevin revisits Tony and Jo, musicians with Scottish Opera, who had long dreamed of a home in the countryside. They found a perfect site on the Clyde estuary in Argyll and Bute. Located in a small village on a hillside, it had glorious views as far as the isle of Arran and was less than an hour's drive from Glasgow. Inspired by local oak-framed barns, they gave architect Andy McAvoy an open brief. In return, he gave them a design that fused medieval and modern and promised a beautifully simple interior. However, the construction was anything but simple...

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