Grand Designs: The Streets on ABC – Kevin meets John and Julia, who’ve spent the last 30 years trying to build their own home, but bad luck has always stood in their way.

For thirty years, architect John and office administrator Julia have been planning to build an amazing house designed by John. They’ve been plagued by bad luck; recessions, job losses and being outbid on plots have all got in the way of their self-build dream. Finally, they’ve secured a plot at Graven Hill in Oxfordshire and they’re more determined than ever to build their dream house.

Architect John has designed a beautiful modernist wedge of a home for them to retire to – a classy escape from the trials of life. But as soon as they start, their run of bad luck continues. The coronavirus lockdown brings construction to a halt and every month spent in their expensive rented house eats away at their tight budget and in turn threatens their vision for a comfortable retirement.

Adding to the pressure is John’s health. Nevertheless, with limited funds, he has no option other than to project manage this complex build himself.

Grand Designs: The Streets – 16 March, 2023 at 8:30pm on ABC and ABC iview

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