Grand Designs couple builds transformative £1.8m pavilion after life-altering tragedy

Grand Designs Dunstable pavilion exterior
The ambition of constructing this 470sqm home was anything but straightforward (Image credit: Channel 4)

A couple who featured on Grand Designs have transformed the way they live, building an accessible, glass-walled pavilion in the countryside that brought them closer together after a life-changing event.

John and Helen, who live in Dunstable, built a £1.8m home designed to make their living space work better for their needs. In 2018, Helen had an extremely serious stroke and was left severely disabled. 

Jack Woodfield
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Jack has worked in journalism for 11 years and was the News Editor for Homebuilding & Renovating from 2019 until the beginning of 2023. He strives to break the most relevant and beneficial stories for self builders, extenders and renovators, including the latest news on the construction materials shortage and hydrogen heating. In 2021 he appeared on BBC's The World at One to discuss the government's planning reforms. 

He enjoys testing new tools and gadgets, and having bought his first home in 2013, he has renovated every room and recently finished a garden renovation.