Family who dream of building an eco-house are left HOMELESS as their project goes £150K over budget

Mail Online | 4/18/2019 | Harriet Johnston For Mailonline
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A human rights lawyer and his family ended up homeless for months after his dream of building his own eco-home proved a rather more difficult project than he'd imagined.

Paul Troop, from Oxford, was keen to take on a self build project for Grand Designs: The Street, which airs tonight on Channel 4, despite having no experience, and admitting that he didn't know how to hold a saw.

Dream - Four-bedroom - House - £150 - Hemp

He was determined to build a dream four-bedroom house for £150,000, using hemp, mixed with lime and water to form an eco-concrete, and gave up his job in order to complete the project.

Having hugely overspent and underestimated how long the project would take, he, his wife Blanka and their two children ended up homeless halfway through the build, after leaving their rented accommodation due to spiraling costs.

Years - Show - Self-builders - Homes - Bicester

And it's revealed that three years on from when the show started filming self-builders working on their own homes in Bicester, Oxford, Paul has spent almost double the original budget and has yet to finish the project.

For the project, which mimics a scheme in the Netherlands, the council sold plots of land to the general public for around £100,000 each, to create the UK's biggest self-build project.

Paul - Wife - Rent - Prices - Oxford

Paul and his wife felt priced out by rising rent prices in Oxford, and decided to take part in the project to build their own dream house.

Their plan was to keep costs down by using relatively low-tech, but time-consuming, techniques, with Paul doing the bulk of the work himself using hemp - made from the finely-chipped bark usually found on the floor of equestrian centres.

Water - Lime - Concrete - Texture - Poo

When mixed with water and lime, it forms an 'eco concrete' with the texture of 'horse poo'.

But they didn't get off to the best start, when Paul, who 'doesn't know...
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