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UK street with 10 stunning Grand Designs homes where land cost £100,000 each

UK street with 10 stunning Grand Designs homes where land cost £100,000 each

The street is one of the best-looking in the country

One UK street may just be the fanciest in the country with a whopping 10 stunning Grand Designs homes built on it.

I'd like to move there, please.

The ten families in question each got a fraction of the 188-acre formerly Ministry of Defence owned land, spending around £100,000 on each plot and designing some seriously creative homes.

With each design imagined by each family, none of these homes look alike, made with differing materials and clearly inspired by different tastes.

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Situated near Bicester Village in Oxfordshire, it became Britain's largest self-build project, as they were all built at the same time.

Sold by Cherwell District Council, buyers were encouraged to be ambitious when it came to designing their dream homes.

And so the families pulled no punches, as the residents of Graven Hill were actually featured on a 2019 episode of Channel 4's Grand Designs.

One of the houses on show on the street.
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Kevin McCloud had visited a self-made town in Amsterdam in 2010 had been looking for the British equivalent, so you can imagine he was pretty chuffed when he found out what was going on.

McCloud said getting to construct your own house means 'you get a highly bespoke home that's suited to your needs and reflects who you are'.

Despite all the families on the street buying in the same area, the ages of homeowners ranged from 24 to 72 at the time, spending an additional £200,000 - £500,000, on top of the initial £100,000 to secure their land plot.

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For example, then-65-year-old Lynn, who lived in an 18th century cottage before, applied with her neighbours and all three of them got their homes accepted.

Lynn's property is made of Siberian larch, with light spilling into the spacious rooms in her home.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, she said: "Every day, I come down and can't stop smiling that this is where I live.

"I've wanted to build a forever home before someone puts me in one."

The street on Graven Hill.
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Blanka and Paul searched for a safe neighbourhood with open spaces for them and their kids, and built an eco home which worked out to be the cheapest on the street.

They lived nearby previously, but buying a house read-made would have set them back a whopping £700,000, so they took a chance on this, aiming for a budget of £60,000.

Paul explained: "I just thought, 'how hard can it be to build a house?'"

Built with a biocomposite made from hemp hurds and lime, Hempcrete is cheap and kind to the environment.

They ultimately spent £300,000 on the home after severely under-budgeting, but Paul took some courses and watched some videos online to finish the job.

It is anticipated that by 2029, this massive spot of land will be home to 1,900 families that will be variations of a select few designs.

Graven Hill managing director Karen Curtin said: "The opportunity to showcase the first 10 self-builders at Graven Hill on the national stage is a milestone not only for the development and its community but also for the future of UK house building.

“The series will give viewers an insight into a bold and unique type of housing project, which has the potential to revolutionise the way that people approach both choosing – or building – a new home, and the environmental challenges the UK currently faces."

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Topics: Channel 4, Home, UK News, Grand Designs