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Building the Dream

Season 1 2013

  • 2013-09-11T01:00:00Z on More4
  • 60 mins
  • 11 hours, 0 mins
  • Home And Garden

We all dream of building our own home, but most of us think we'd never be able to afford to do it. However, architectural designer Charlie Luxton is convinced it's possible to build a dream home that won't break the bank.

In Building the Dream, Charlie works with people who want to turn an empty plot of land into their dream home, made to suit their lifestyles, but on a budget they can afford.

Charlie isn't just a casual observer though, as he gets stuck in to try and help people get the very best out of their designs.

He also sends them to meet with others who've already taken the chance and created their own dream homes.

But will these brave first-time builders draw on all this knowledge and advice or will they stick to their original plans, ignore the experts and opt to do it their own way?

11 episodes

1x01 Hertfordshire

  • Series Premiere

    2013-09-11T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie meets Adam and Vicki Nicholl, who plan to self-build a new, barn-style home in the garden of Adam's mum's home. Vicki is a tax advisor and Adam works in marketing. The 30-somethings have grown tired of life in the city and are planning to move back to the village of Pirton, where they grew up. Doing the building themselves is the only way they can afford to get the house they want in the village, and they could potentially save around £100,000 by doing it this way. After having a close look at their plans, Charlie's got some bright ideas, but can he convince Adam and Vicki to alter the designs of their dream home?

1x02 Surrey

  • 2013-09-18T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie goes messing about on the river with Bill and Angie Jenkins, who plan to knock down their cold, old bungalow on the banks of the Thames and build a new home to match the stunning location.

1x03 Somerset

  • 2013-09-25T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Andrew and Vicki Dodden live in the village of Cannington, near Bridgwater, Somerset. The Doddens own a loft conversion company and Andrew wants to build his own eco-home.

1x04 West Sussex

  • 2013-10-02T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie meets Ian and Steph Shaw, who are self-building an oak framed cottage in West Sussex. But is this what Steph really wants?

1x05 Wales

  • 2013-10-09T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Josh and Rhian Cooper plan to knock down a 1960s detached house and replace it with a stylish home high on the cliffs overlooking the pretty seaside town of Aberdovey.

1x06 Perthshire

  • 2013-10-16T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie meets Pete and Jen Chumley, who are building a five bedroom family home in rural Perthshire for themselves and children Niamh and Miles.

1x07 Cambridgeshire

  • 2013-10-23T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie heads for Over in Cambridgeshire, where he meets Sally and John Lane, who are planning to save £125k by building a kit house from Germany.

1x08 Hastings

  • 2013-10-30T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie meets Liz and Robin Leonard, who plan to build a three bedroom home with views over the Sussex coastline.

1x09 North Somerset

  • 2013-11-06T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie goes to the West Country to meet Kevin and Liz Davies, who want to build a new family home. Tired of arguing over what's on TV with their kids, Kevin and Liz are building a five bedroom house that has enough room for everyone, from two separate lounges to a big kitchen diner.

1x10 Warwickshire

  • 2013-11-13T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Mark and Abigail Smyth want to build a barn style home and by choosing to self-build hope to save around £130,000. Charlie has several ideas on how Mark and Abi could adapt their plans. As well as Charlie's suggestions, Mark and Abi visit architect Jeremy Spratley, who's converted and extended a similar size barn in Buckinghamshire.

1x11 Yarm

  • 2013-11-20T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie visits Andy and Mandy Boylett in Yarm, in the north east of England, where the couple are building a huge bungalow, complete with basement and sunken garden, as they pursue the dream of living mortgage free. If Andy and Mandy can stick to their budget, they could save more than £130,000. But the build soon becomes more disaster zone than dream home, as the couple battle one huge problem after another.