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17.09.13 KIT HOUSE ON BBC 2 SERIES entitled The House that 100k Built

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KIT HOUSE ON BBC 2 SERIES, WEDNESDAY 8 PM, ENTITLED; THE HOUSE THAT 100K BUILT.

BBC 2 PROGRAMME SUMMARY; With house prices out of the reach of many people and banks refusing to lend, buying a home in the UK is becoming an impossible dream. So a few brave but ordinary souls are trailblazing what could be the solution for all of us - trying to build their own house from scratch. Architectural journalist and critic, Kieran Long and award-winning architect, Piers Taylor are following self-builders as they take on the biggest gamble of their lives. Kieran and Piers will try to help them create the house they've longed for. But all have less than 100k to spend, little or no experience and life savings on the line - it won't be easy.
STUDIO OK KIT HOUSE, THE FILMING; During the filming Piers Taylor was discussing with us the virtues of having had the benefit of a carefully designed building and consultant Architect on hand. Other self builders like Mary and Justin (our clients) embark on a project where they have no prior experience or expertise and they invest their limited savings to produce a dwelling they hope will be beautiful and comfortable and give them great pleasure for the foreseeable future. Some succeed, most are bound to compromise, and some will fail. In this instance, what the kit house and the use of Studio OK for advice demonstrates, is that a design which has been tailored to suit the self-build process and which has paid careful consideration to the ultimate comfort of the occupants, can be comparatively easy to build, easier to keep within budget and more likely to meet the expectations of the owners. Also the ecological and sustainable aspects are vulnerable unless they are designed in at the start.