Episode 2 of Grand Designs: The Street, sees two couples self build their new homes at Graven Hill in Bicester.

jack and hannah from episode 2 grand designs: the street on channel 4 April 2019, hosted by Kevin McCloud

Image: Channel 4 Publicity 

Channel 4's new show Grand Designs: The Street features 10 self builders take on their first property in Graven Hill, Bicester.

In episode 2, we take a closer look at the Block House and the Barn House, following the self-build journeys of two neighbouring young couples in their 20s, as each hope to create their dream first home.

Make sure you read all the important details after the programme aired on Thursday 11th April 2019 at 9pm, on Channel 4.

Episode 2: Plot 4 and 5

Plot 4 and 5 in construction on Grand Designs: The Street episode 2 on Channel 4

Image: Fremantle Media Group

Plot 4: Jack and Hannah

jack and hannah from episode 2 grand designs: the street on channel 4 April 2019, hosted by Kevin McCloud

Image: Glenn Dearing, Channel 4 Publicity

  • PLOT 4: The Block House
  • NAMES: Jack and Hannah, 24
  • STARTED: July 2016
  • FINISHED: December 2017

Jack, a quantity surveyor, and Hannah, a primary school teacher, have moved to Bicester to live with Jack’s mum to save money whilst they build. Having been priced out of buying in their area, self-build is the only way the couple can afford to get on the housing ladder.

Not only has Jack designed the house himself, he plans to build it himself. They’ve cleverly chosen materials and processes that Jack can do himself - and as a resourceful scavenger, he’s able to source materials that would otherwise end up in landfill.

It's hard work, but ultimately will save them a fortune on labour. However, it will also create a huge demand on Jack’s time and energy. What could possibly go wrong?

Plot 5: James and Shannon

James built plot 5 in episode 2 of grand designs: the street 2019 on channel 4, hosted by Kevin McCloud

Image: Glenn Dearing, Channel 4 Publicity

  • PLOT 5: The Barn House
  • NAMES: James, 27, and Shannon, 24
  • STARTED: October 2016
  • BUILD ESTIMATE: £200K-£250K

James and Shannon live in a house on a new-build estate in the Midlands. Despite this suburban environment, they keep chickens and aspire to live ‘the good life’. Their dream design also reflects this passion and is inspired by local agricultural steel-framed barns.

James, a quantity surveyor, and Shannon, an administrator, hope to build a house that will reflect their personalities, where they can grow their own vegetable garden and have a family.

However, plans quickly go awry when Shannon leaves James. The pressure begins to mount: James’ job is demanding, and he is no longer able to give the build the attention it needs, forcing him to pay more for labour. Constructing this great house, on his own could do more than just put a roof over his head:  It could have the potential to rebuild his shaken self-esteem.


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Grand Designs The Street episode 1

Q&A with Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs: The Street

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