Grand Designs Derbyshire couple build £1.2m home for three generations — and their flock of sheep

Mike and Sarah with Kevin McCloud
Sarah and Mike with Kevin McCloud outside their finished multigenerational 'long house' (Image credit: Channel 4)

A couple who have featured on Grand Designs have taken the concept of multigenerational living to another level. Not only did they design their 21st-century 'long house' to house their children and parents on both sides, but also for all their farm animals too — including a flock of sheep.

Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud was blown away by the concept, calling the self build in Derbyshire, which cost a total of £1.2million to build, remarkable.

Amy Willis
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Amy spent over a decade in London editing and writing for The Daily Telegraph, MailOnline, and before moving to East Anglia where she began renovating a period property in rural Suffolk. During this time she also did some TV work at ITV Anglia and CBS as well as freelancing for Yahoo, AOL, ESPN and The Mirror. When the pandemic hit she switched to full-time building work on her renovation and spent nearly two years focusing solely on that. She's taken a hands-on DIY approach to the project, knocking down walls, restoring oak beams and laying slabs with the help of family members to save costs. She has largely focused on using natural materials, such as limestone, oak and sisal carpet, to put character back into the property that was largely removed during the eighties. The project has extended into the garden too, with the cottage's exterior completely re-landscaped with a digger and a new driveway added. She has dealt with de-listing a property as well as handling land disputes and conveyancing administration.