Grand Designs sees triangle-shaped home added to a tricky end of terrace plot

The exterior of the 'wedge house' on Grand Designs with brown brickwork and stepped design
(Image credit: Channel 4)

With only a small, triangle-shaped plot, the solution for this Grand Design in Sydenham Hill was to build a small, triangular-shaped house. And what a rather extraordinary house it eventually became.

Solo self builder Corinne wanted to make use of a small scrap of land to the side elevation of her existing 1960s end terrace home in Sydenham, south-east London, after being diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. 

Amy Willis
Web Editor

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.