Grand Designs viewers in tears as couple build dream house while battling illness

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A couple who have suffered from major health problems stunned Grand Designs viewers after they spent £275,000 transforming a disused shed into their dream home in just 18 months.

Married Georgie, 33, and Greg, 29, from Sevenoaks, Kent, converted a 1980s barn on her parents' land with a budget of just £250,000.

Appearing on the Channel 4 show, the couple shared their hopes of starting the next chapter of their lives together in a beautiful home, reports Daily Star.

Explaining what inspired him to take on the majority of the work himself, Greg, who had survived a brain tumour, said it was a close call with death that "kicked him up the a***".

The disused shack was at the bottom of Georgie's parents' garden
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The pub landlord spoke of how he met Georgie, who was herself unwell with cancer during filming, when they were both fundraising for a charity and he later proposed to her during another charity abseil.

Over the course of the build, the couple faced numerous setbacks – like when the groundworks hit a snag and Greg had to dig massive trenches in the flint with the help of a few pals to keep on budget.

Then there were problems with the roof, which ended up having to be adjusted after it was fitted at the wrong angle for their skylights.

They did most of the work themselves
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And to make matters worse, they lost £5,000 when the renewable energy company they were planning to use to heat their home went bust.

Completing the build themselves was an extremely challenging task as Greg was still working full-time in his pub whilst doing the DIY in his spare time, and Georgie was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Despite the setbacks, the conversion left host Kevin McCloud speechless and viewers at home in floods of tears.

Kevin McCloud was speechless
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The conversion, designed by Mike Kaner, a local architect, was a far fetch from the dairy hut which once stood in its place.

If the exterior wasn't eye-catching enough, its interior is even more beautiful.

Kevin gasps as he sees the transformation for the first time.

"This is very beautiful. Exquisite set of spaces under this great big, overarching roof.

They wanted to build their forever home
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"It's quite something, really is. You wouldn’t ever want to move from this place," he said, walking around the impressive room.

In the process of building their new home, Greg said: "The sooner we complete this project, the sooner we can start enjoying the precious time we have together."

Delighted fans rushed to Twitter to praise the build and the couple's determination.

One said: "Wow, this one made me teary, what an amazing story – Greg and Georgie are such an inspirational couple, and the home they've built for themselves is absolutely gorgeous. Good on you both."

Another added: "This one’s a tough watch tonight. Rooting for them, lovely couple."

While a third wrote: "Best #GrandDesigns yet. True resilience and grit, wishing Georgie and Greg many happy and healthy years enjoying their fabulous house."

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