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Building the Dream

All Episodes 2013 - 2018

  • 2018-12-18T21:00:00+00:00s at 2018-12-18T21:00:00+00:00 on More4
  • 2013-09-10T10:00:00Z
  • 60 mins
  • 2 days, 19 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?

67 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.

2x01 Shropshire

  • Season Premiere

    2014-08-27T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie helps Richard Southgate and his wife Kate as they build a five-bedroom family home in the beautiful, Shropshire countryside. Richard runs a car dealership and the family has been crammed into the flat above the showroom for two years. They found their dream plot but that was six years ago, and since then they've really lost their way. If all goes well, they could have a £1,000,000 house for under £600,000. But Richard's dream of a basement bat-cave means the couple will need to dig deep in more ways than one.

2x02 Buckinghamshire

  • 2014-09-03T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie meets Mark and Amanda Hepden who are self-building a cottage in Stony Stratford. Amanda is a sales co-ordinator and Mark a carpenter who takes on a lot of the work. If they complete it for £145,000, they could have a £75,000 profit to reinvest. The plot's tight, as is their budget - and a supplier goes bust leaving them thousands down. As they invest more time and money, Charlie wonders whether they are falling permanently in love with what's supposed to be a halfway home. To prove that big isn't always best, Charlie arranges a visit another tiny house that's perfectly formed.

2x03 Gloucestershire

  • 2014-09-10T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie gets stuck in to an eco-build on the banks of the River Severn. Ele and Steve George could save themselves a cool £50,000 and it should be a fast build - but manufacturing hold-ups and bad weather soon throw things off-course. Then they have the added complication of juggling both a new build and a new baby. To provide a boost, Charlie sends the couple to visit one of Britain's most energy-efficient self-built homes.

2x04 Cheshire

  • 2014-09-17T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton looks to help retired couple Steve and Chris Elliot realise their dream of a modern eco-home inspired by the Arts and Craft movement. DIY enthusiast Steve thinks he can save money by doing a lot of the work himself, but Charlie's worried that he's taking on too much.

2x05 Hertfordshire

  • 2014-09-24T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Mark and Gillian Webb plan to build a large, modern home in the style of a Georgian rectory in Hertfordshire. When it comes to getting their hands dirty, the couple expect to do little more than make the sandwiches; but when the budget gets stretched, they find themselves a lot more hands on than that.

2x06 Hampshire

  • 2014-10-01T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Royal Navy helicopter pilot Chris Bennett and wife Sonya plan on demolishing a rundown bungalow and replacing it with a modern, two-storey home packed full of eco-features. Chris is project managing the build, but after a smooth take-off they hit some major turbulence.

2x07 Devon

  • 2014-10-08T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

2x10 Hull

  • 2014-10-29T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

2x11 East Sussex

  • 2014-04-12T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton heads to East Sussex, where paramedic Steve and his partner Hannah are self-building a straw-bale house in a beautiful woodland glade

3x01 Yorkshire

  • Season Premiere

    2015-04-15T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Rob and Claire Hartley are building a farmhouse on a spectacular site on their Yorkshire farm. Charlie Luxton has to step in as their budget - and roof - feel the strain.

3x02 Kent

  • 2015-04-22T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Tracie and Craig want to knock down Tracie's childhood bungalow in Kent and replace it with a bold, contemporary house. They may have to settle for turning the garden shed into a shabby-chic bar

3x03 Cumbria

  • 2015-04-29T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton heads to Cumbria, where Andy and Amy have set their hearts on self-building a huge four-bedroom home with a farmhouse feel. But is the job too big for them?

3x04 Cotswolds

  • 2015-05-06T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton's own plans are on the line as he's commissioned to build a house for Tara and Dimitri on a tight budget and a tricky hillside plot in the Cotswolds

3x05 Humberside

  • 2015-05-13T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton helps Mick and Sally Wood build an enormous family home from the barns of a Grade II listed manor house

3x06 Cornwall

  • 2015-05-20T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie's in Cornwall helping Shelton and Jayne build a large, four-bed home in the back garden of their old one

3x07 Wiltshire

  • 2015-05-27T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie helps first-time self-builders Vince and Jackie Macey to create a super-sustainable, three-bedroom house

3x08 Devon

  • 2015-06-03T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

4x01 Newcastle

  • Season Premiere

    2015-11-25T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie meets Duncan and Susan Marshall, who hope to build a large Georgian-inspired home. But ancient mines are discovered under the site, blowing a large hole in their budget.

4x02 Peak District

  • 2015-12-02T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie comes to the aid of architect Matthew Lewis, who wants to build the perfect family home in an extraordinary site on the edge of the Peak District

4x03 Lancashire

  • 2015-12-09T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton meets a Lancashire couple trying to make a home on one of the most challenging sites he's ever seen, with a build that suddenly heads off on a different course

4x04 Sterlingshire

  • 2015-12-16T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie meets Morag and Heiko Buxel and their continental pre-fabricated home. The self-build should take only six weeks. What could possibly go wrong?

4x05 South Lanarkshire Barn

  • 2015-12-23T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie meets Jayne and Alistair Lewis, who are trying to self-build an innovative, barn-style home in South Lanarkshire that can grow and shrink to order.

4x06 North Somerset

  • 2016-01-07T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

In North Somerset, Charlie Luxton visits Antony and Hayley Wild's striking self-build contemporary home, that has been 26 years in the planning.

4x07 Hastings Revisit

  • 2016-01-14T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton returns to Hastings to find out if Robin and Liz's dream New England-style home is living up to expectations

4x08 Pembrokeshire

  • 2016-01-21T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie helps Graham and Dorothy with their upside-down eco-house by the sea. Can they get the job done in just 20 weeks?

4x09 Loughborough

  • 2016-01-28T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton comes to the aid of Liz and Craig in Loughborough, who can't agree on what the dream home they're building in their back garden should look like - traditional or contemporary?

5x01 Episode 1: Cotswolds

  • Season Premiere

    2016-06-01T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie heads for the Cotswolds and Mandy and Tony Slater's ambitious self-build on a steep slope on a tight budget.

5x02 Episode 2: Scottish Borders

  • 2016-06-08T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton visits a unique project in Peebles in Scotland, where the owner wants to build a home where all of the ground floor is given over to stables for her horses

5x03 Episode 3: Birmingham

  • 2016-06-15T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Paul and Ruby Singh want to build a large home in Birmingham after years spent living miles apart. As the budget soars, can Charlie Luxton help rein it in?

5x04 Episode 4: Isle of Wight

  • 2016-06-22T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton meets a mother and daughter who want to build a stylish contemporary house. But their budget is under pressure from day one.

5x05 Episode 5: Cornwall

  • 2016-06-29T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie makes his way to Cornwall to help Peter and Mollie Goodman create a continental kit home with coastal views.

5x06 Episode 6: Buckinghamshire

  • 2016-07-06T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie helps Kat Dancer build a contemporary farmhouse on the idyllic farm where she grew up

5x07 Episode 7: Cornwall

  • 2016-07-13T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie meets serial renovators Neil and Suzie, whose huge contemporary build in Cornwall is going to be very grand. But they've not given themselves much time to complete it.

5x08 Episode 8: South Wales

  • 2016-07-20T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Jodie and Rhodri Howells must decide to either renovate the 50s bungalow on their countryside plot, or knock it down. Charlie's on hand with advice.

5x09 Episode 9:Lincolnshire

  • 2016-07-27T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Juana and Trevor plan to knock down some decrepit barns and create their dream home. But is Trevor putting his health at risk by being so hands-on?

6x01 South East London

  • Season Premiere

    2017-01-11T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Architectural designer Charlie Luxton returns for a new series in which he helps people build affordable dream homes. This time he's helping Sam and Eryka in Brockley in south-east London. Sam and Eryka plan to build a contemporary warehouse-style home in a derelict industrial unit, including studio space for artist Eryka. Getting planning permission isn't easy. The couple throw their life savings and all their energy into the project. Can Charlie help them strike the right balance between work and living space?

6x02 Hertfordshire

  • 2017-01-18T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton heads to Hertfordshire to help Roz and Mick Abrahams downsize and build a new compact, contemporary home on a new plot at the bottom of their garden.

6x03 West Sussex

  • 2017-01-25T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton is in West Sussex helping Cathryn and Adam Raybould to build their dream home on her family farm, but the project has a bumpy start.

6x04 Fife

  • 2017-02-01T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton helps Alan and Lucy Brown to build an upside-down house in Fife with stunning views of the Forth Bridge, but the budget struggles to keep pace with the build.

6x05 North Yorkshire

  • 2017-02-08T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton is in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, helping teachers Nick and Fiona build a large warehouse-inspired home on the side of a canal.

6x06 Cambridgeshire

  • 2017-02-15T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton is in Cambridgeshire, where Mark and Helen have unearthed Roman and Anglo-Saxon artefacts that could stop them from building their new home.

6x07 Kent

  • 2017-02-22T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton meets Tamasin and Andy Jarrett, who hope to build a modern family home in the middle of a Kent conservation area, but they prove reluctant to take on any new ideas.

6x08 Devon

  • 2017-03-01T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton is in Devon with Graham and Nicky Daniel, who are building an ambitious contemporary home on a woodland site, and are planning to tackle much of the work themselves.

6x09 North Devon

  • 2017-03-08T02:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton heads to north Devon to help seafaring retirees Brian and Fiona build a home befitting its stunning coastal plot in a mere six months.

7x01 South London

  • Season Premiere

    2018-05-03T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

In the first of the new series, Charlie's in south London, where self-building duo Caroline and Chris are hoping to deliver an urban marvel on a tight plot, and a tighter budget. Chris is an architect, so you'd think achieving perfection on time and on budget should come second nature. But a string of budget-busting gremlins suggest this build has other ideas. And just when they think things can't get any more complicated, life throws them a curveball which racks the pressure even higher.

7x02 East Yorkshire

  • 2018-05-10T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton's in East Yorkshire, where Nick and Jane are transforming an old bungalow into a contemporary home on a very small budget.

7x03 Woking

  • 2018-05-17T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton heads to Woking in Surrey to meet couple Jason and Philippa, who plan to redevelop a house by demolishing half of it during the refurbishment.

7x04 East Sussex Revisit

  • 2018-05-24T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie catches up with Steve and an eco-efficient, straw-baled, self-built home set in a woodland glade

7x05 Northamptonshire

  • 2018-05-31T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

New couple Rob and Jan aim to build a vicarage-style home in rural Northamptonshire. If Charlie can actually get them to agree on anything.

7x06 Firth of Forth

  • 2018-06-07T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie mets a Linlithgow couple who are building a traditional Scottish cottage. But the weather puts pressure on their ambitious build.

7x07 Cambridgeshire

  • 2018-06-14T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie heads to Cambridgeshire to meet two self-builders creating a family home that needs to be both techie, but also blingy. Can the two desires be reconciled?

7x08 Caterham

  • 2018-06-21T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton meets Ben and Nicola, in Caterham, Surrey. The self-building couple have spotted the huge potential of a dilapidated bungalow, which they plan to reimagine as a contemporary split-level home. The project is a bit hectic though. Can Charlie instil some stability and keep the pair from becoming overwhelmed?

7x09 Cambridgeshire

  • 2018-06-28T01:00:00Z — 60 mins

Charlie Luxton's off to rural Cambridgeshire, where Darren and Luisa are embarking upon a voyage of discovery, building a picture-perfect waterfront home. But problem after problem threatens to scupper the build and the couple struggle to delegate. Charlie is forced to deliver some hard home truths to ensure the project doesn't meander forever or leave the couple bankrupt and with nowhere to live.