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Robert and Milla are redeveloping an 80s house overlooking Lake Windermere in the Lake District. But the radical build is risky and their budget very tight.
When Robert and Milla Gaukroger find a plot overlooking Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park, they reckon they've hit gold. The site already has a rather ugly 1980s house on the site. But rather than knock it down, Robert plans to incorporate this into a new design which will quadruple its size.
Three large linked extensions will be added, and to cap it, an enormous and very complicated domed grass-covered roof will be constructed over the whole house. Passionate about sustainability, Robert also designs his own system of heating. He builds an enormous spine wall in the building, lined with a latticework of pipes which will carry water heated by solar panels and a wood burning stove. The idea is that it will act like an enormous storage heater, if it works.
But in a build full of risks, the biggest of all is starting with only £100,000 of the £400,000 budget in place. To save money, the family need to move in while the building work goes on around them, and are forced to sell valuable possessions one by one in an increasingly desperate attempt to keep the build going.