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To Build or Not to Build

Season 2 2011 - 2001

  • 2011-09-05T04:00:00Z on BBC One
  • 30 mins
  • 10 hours, 17 mins
  • Home And Garden

TV presenter Kristian Digby sets about building his dream home in just nine months, with a budget of 150,000 pounds.

20 episodes

2x01 Episode 1

  • Season Premiere

    2011-09-05T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

On today's programme, will Barry and Gill Deeks be toasting their self-build success or be drowning their sorrows as they build a Georgian-style home on an old beer garden in Barnet? Plus the young mum in Cambridgeshire who juggled building her country cottage with raising a family. Plus presenter Simon O'Brien hits the roof at building college to learn how to tile.

2x02 Episode 2

  • 2011-09-06T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

On today's programme, fishing lake owners Lance and Michelle Bramley realise a life-long ambition to build a gorgeous lakeside lodge near Hull. Plus the retired couple from North Yorkshire who self-built in their back garden, and presenter Simon O'Brien learns how to fit plasterboard at building college.

2x03 Episode 3

  • 2011-09-07T04:00:00Z — 47 mins

On today's programme, Peter and Anne Chalke are mad about everything Danish and they've sold their current home so they can build a Scandinavian-inspired house on the site of Anne's childhood home. Plus the couple from Barry, South Wales who splashed out on their self-build home by adding a swimming pool. And presenter Simon O'Brien finds himself in at the deep end when it comes to learning how to fit radiators at building college.

2x04 Episode 4

  • 2011-09-08T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

On today's programme, will Michael Howlett succeed when it comes to building two eco-houses out of straw in Pembroke Dock or will this ambitious project be the final straw? Plus the luxurious Hampshire self-build disguised as a collection of farm buildings, and presenter Simon O'Brien is hung out to dry while hanging a door at building college.

2x05 Episode 5

  • 2011-09-09T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

On today's programme, retired couple Dick and Irene Atkin are selling their spacious family home in Edwalton, Nottingham and building a modern German kit-home just around the corner. Plus the estate agent and his wife who've built an idyllic cottage in the country and presenter Simon O'Brien finds out that building a block wall isn't a breeze at building college.

2x06 Episode 6

  • 2001-09-12T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Presenter Simon O'Brien meets Becky and Steve Warboys as they battle against the planners, the weather and the views of the villagers to build their dream family home in York. Plus a look at how the seaside location shaped the design of a Devonshire self-build, and Simon comes unstuck while learning how to wallpaper at building college.

2x07 Episode 7

  • 2001-09-13T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Can long-distance lorry driver Andy Scott and his wife Carol navigate a difficult road while self-building a new home made from polystyrene blocks in North Yorkshire? Plus the tale of the kitchen designers with six children who built their very own ranch in the Scottish borders, and presenter Simon O'Brien tries his hand at tiling at building college.

2x08 Episode 8

  • 2011-09-14T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Landscape gardener John Barraclough has swapped top soil for cement as he single-handedly builds his own home in Northamptonshire. Plus how recycling and reusing led to one couple building a one million pound house for a fraction of the price, and presenter Simon O'Brien learns the perfect painting technique at building college.

2x09 Episode 9

  • 2011-09-15T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Professional builder Scott Nichols is taking a busman's holiday to build an eco-cottage for himself and his partner Emma Robinson in the picturesque Bedfordshire village of Felmersham. Plus the Sheffield self-build that is the realisation of a thirty year dream for its owner, while presenter Simon O'Brien feels the pressure while learning plumbing at building college.

2x10 Episode 10

  • 2011-09-16T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Presenter Simon O'Brien meets Raymond and Helen Humphrys as they build an eco-friendly country cottage in Cambridgeshire. Plus the couple whose self-build in the Pennines is as stunning as the views, and Simon is just another brick in the wall at building school.

2x11 Episode 11

  • 2011-09-19T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Karl and Lesley Greaves face a battle with the planners and their neighbours when attempting to build their dream family home near Leeds. Plus the eco-house in Dorset that is as green as its woodland surroundings and presenter Simon O'Brien tries his hand at building a stone wall at building college.

2x12 Episode 12

  • 2011-09-20T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Airline pilot Chris McHale has got clearance to build a fabulous family home in Surrey but it is far from a smooth flight. Plus the barn in Cambridgeshire built for a bargain £126,000 and presenter Simon O'Brien tries his hand at plastering at building college

2x13 Episode 13

  • 2011-09-21T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Wendy and Ray Black from Suffolk are building a modern home in the style of a traditional country cottage. Plus the Doncaster couple who have built an unusual wedge-shaped home, and presenter Simon O'Brien gets stuck in to building stud walls at building college.

2x14 Episode 14

  • 2011-09-22T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

William Guthrie's dream to build his own home near Middlesbrough is proving to be a nightmare for his reluctant wife Velia. Plus the cutting-edge home in Wales that really has the wow factor and presenter Simon O'Brien gets hot under the collar learning how to fit under-floor heating at building college.

2x15 Episode 15

  • 2001-09-23T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Will jazz musician Tucker Finlayson and his daughter Kirstie hit the right note building a German kit-home in the heart of London's expensive West Hampstead? Plus the couple from York who replaced their garage with a stylish new build home and presenter Simon O'Brien learns how to make a traditional ceiling rose at building college.

2x16 Episode 16

  • 2001-09-26T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Jason Thawley and his partner Sarah Russell aim to prove that size is not everything when building a new home on a tiny triangular plot of land in Brighton. Plus the Herefordshire home with stunning country views, and presenter Simon O'Brien gets to grips with tiling at building college.

2x17 Episode 17

  • 2001-09-27T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Dairy farming family the Bloors swap the milking parlour for bricks and mortar to build a new farmhouse in Cheshire. Plus the university professor who put his theories into practice when building an eco-home in West Yorkshire and presenter Simon O'Brien gets that sinking feeling when it comes to plumbing a sink at building college.

2x18 Episode 18

  • 2001-09-28T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Building an art-deco style family home in Sheffield requires young architect David Cross to have some steely resolve when the project hits problems. Plus how messing about on the river led to one man's dream to build a home on an island in the Thames and presenter Simon O'Brien is left high and dry when it comes to fixing a roof ridge at building school.

2x19 Episode 19

  • 2001-09-29T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Dentist Stephen Robinson and wife Rachel set out to build a stylish new home for their family in Marlow, but it is not without its teething problems. Plus the stunning modern home on the River Trent that certainly catches the eye and presenter Simon O'Brien is not prepared to throw the towel in while fitting a bath at building college.

2x20 Episode 20

  • 2001-09-30T04:00:00Z — 30 mins

Hilary Maddren and her partner John Robson build a brand new home inside the walls of a 200-year-old derelict barn on Teeside. Plus, the woman who knocked down her childhood home and replaced it with a stunning six-bed detached house in Buckinghamshire and presenter Simon O'Brien cannot see the wood for the trees when it comes to carpentry at building college.