This new-series Grand Designs TV house is testament to one couple’s commitment to see a tricky build through to completion

Timber Clad TV House Grand Designs

Expats Jon and Gill Flewers had a long-standing dream of building their own home. In 2013 the couple returned to the UK from New Zealand with their three sons and embarked on the build phase of their low-energy home with five bedrooms and an open-plan living space. Builders were unwilling to work on the sloping site in Malvern, Worcestershire, as it would involve major excavations. The architect devised alternative plans in which the property moved forward by six metres, reducing the amount of excavation needed. ‘We went from
 a building that was four-storeys to one that was three,’ explains Jon.’

Timber Clad TV House Grand Designs 2

The timber-clad house is upside down, with sleeping quarters on the first floor and communal living areas on the top floor. It’s constructed with cost-effective and energy-efficient Insulating Concrete Formwork (ICF) and finding structural engineers and builders familiar with ICF further held up the progress of the build. Despite all the problems, quitting was never an option for the couple. ‘Once you’ve committed and said you can make it work, you have to see it through. But that doesn’t mean there weren’t days when I didn’t think, why on earth are we doing this?’ says Jon.

Timber Clad TV House Grand Designs 3

For more details on this Grand Designs exclusive TV house and other inspiring self-build projects, pick up the October issue of Grand Designs magazine on sale September 13.

Timber Clad TV House Grand Designs 4

Kevins Column

Grand Designs Live: Ask an Expert Weekend 22-23 May 2021

Discover free home project advice and product recommendations from the comfort of your own home. Register now to express your interest.
gdlonline
tv-house-converted-grade-ii-barn-in-essex
Grand Designs TV Houses

TV House: Grade II listed barn conversion in Essex

After buying a Grade II listed timber-framed barn in Essex, Ben and Freddie, who appeared on Grand Designs in 2011, converted the 500-year-old building into...
grand-designs-2021-tv-houses-before-and-after
Grand Designs TV Houses

Grand Designs 2021: TV houses before and after

At the end of this series of Grand Designs, take a look back over each project from it's starting point to the finished home. 
grand-designs-tv-house-flour-mill-cornwall
Grand Designs TV Houses

Grand Designs TV House 2021: Converted flour mill in Cornwall

In the final episode of this series of Grand Designs, Kevin meets dynamic duo Leigh and Richard, who moved from Derbyshire to Cornwall to undertake...
grand-designs-2021-self-heating-house
Grand Designs TV Houses

Grand Designs TV House 2021: Self heating earth house in Buckinghamshire

In the fourth episode of Grand Designs new series, Kevin meets Andrew and Margretta who hope to build an innovative self heating house embedded in...
grand-designs-tv-house-dutch-barn-lincolnshire
Grand Designs TV Houses

Grand Designs TV House 2021: Dutch barn self build in South Lincolnshire

Featured in episode 3 of the 2021 series, Nathan and Amye's Dutch barn inspired home is an ambitious project that tested their self build skills....
grand-designs-tv-house-barn-conversion-kent
Grand Designs TV Houses

Grand Designs TV House 2021: Barn conversion in Sevenoaks, Kent

In episode 2 of the new series of Grand Designs, Georgie and Greg are converting a barn on their family farm in Kent. But is...