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Amazing Spaces Special: 24 Hour Build
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George Clarke is fascinated by the Welsh folk tradition of Ty unnos – if a person builds a house on common land in one night, it belongs to them freehold.
Seized by the urge to complete the challenge, cheery Clarke brings together some of his Amazing Spaces friends to build a cabin on woodland owned by an alternative technology centre near the Snowdonia National Park.
It’s all rather Amish and at one point there’s a very Witness-type barn-raising scene as the group pushes a crucial timber frame into position. They all do a remarkable job, but with modern tools and supplies and two days’ preparation, so maybe it’s not quite up there with the spirit of the folk legend.
Inspired by a 600-year old Welsh legend, George Clarke recruits Will Hardie and a team of skilled builders. Together they design a lakeside cabin built using the natural raw materials to be found in the surrounding lakes, hills and valleys near Machynlleth in Wales. They then have just two days to complete all preparations for this epic challenge before constructing the project in a day.
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