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Tom and Zoe

Following people attempting to build a house from scratch on less than £100k. Young couple Tom and Zoe aim to build a unique property on just £90k.

Architectural journalist and senior curator at the V&A, Kieran Long, and architect Piers Taylor are following self-builders as they take on the biggest gamble of their lives. Yet all of them have less than £100k to spend, little or no experience and have their life savings on the line - it will not be easy.

Currently living in a shared house with friends, ambitious young couple Tom and Zoe are desperate to move into their first home together. Not wanting to settle for the uninspiring homes that their small budget would buy them in Cambridgeshire, they have bravely opted to buy a plot of land on a housing estate and build their own. Planning permission dictates a relatively conventional home on the outside, but they have plans to make it spectacular on the inside.

Building an entire home with even the most basic of interiors for £90,000 is a challenge, but they aim to create a home that is surprising and spectacular, something with a 'wow' factor.

The confines of the building and the tiny budget means Piers must adopt a radical approach, attempting to prove that by removing walls and even abandoning a whole bedroom, they will not only save money but make the building more special. Meanwhile, Kieran gets access to one of the country's best 'one-off' houses to prove that the key to finishing the home within budget is not a case of simply shopping, but carefully sourcing inexpensive items from the high street and customising them into bespoke pieces.

As the money starts to run dry, Piers and Kieran are forced to make increasingly unconventional cost-saving suggestions. As the strain of the build increases, Tom and Zoe work round the clock to finish their home. But was it ever even possible to create the home that they dreamt of on their limited funds?

59 minutes

Last on

Wed 28 Nov 2018 13:45

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Role Contributor
Presenter Kieran Long
Presenter Piers Taylor
Executive Producer Annette Clarke
Series Editor Joff Wilson


  • Wed 9 Oct 2013 20:00
  • Sat 19 Oct 2013 16:50
  • Mon 9 Dec 2013 09:05
  • Tue 8 Nov 2016 15:15
  • Wed 28 Nov 2018 13:45

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