Inside Grand Designs' iconic 'triangle house' which was thrown into chaos by shock discovery below foundations | The Sun

A GRAND Designs couple were left disgusted after finding out the shocking truth about a land they purchased.

In tonight's episode of the Channel 4 show, Kevin McCloud met Olaf and Fritha from Billinghurst, West Sussex.

They had ambitious plans to build a three-storey, triangular, timber-framed home.

Despite facing the challenges of IVF treatment, the couple remained determined to embark on their ambitious project of constructing their dream home on a spacious half-acre site.

Their main concern was the noise, as their dream home was being built on a half-acre plot wedged between a busy railway line and a bustling main road.

Unfortunately, the couple's dreams were shattered during the planning process.

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They made the shocking discovery that their chosen land was situated directly above a sewer.

Olaf said: "It was demoralising", while Kevin quipped in a voiceover: "The prospects of this project are grim, maybe that’s why Olaf and Fritha drive around in an ambulance."

Not only were they not allowed to build over the waste pipe, they had to leave a three-metre wide berth around it, making their plot even smaller.

The news wasn't ideal, as the couple only had 12 months to complete the project before Olaf had to go back to his paid job.

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Viewers couldn't believe the situation, with one writing at the time on Twitter: "An amazing house on tonight's #GrandDesigns but they were robbed paying 160k for the land that had such difficult restrictions on it!"

Another added: "Can’t fault that #granddesigns. What a talented guy. Tradespeople are incredible and the fact they made this from a crappy bit of land just shows you can do anything. Solid work."

A third was full of praise for the pair taking o n such a challenge: "How amazing to have the vision to build a unique family home on what anyone else would think is a rubbish wedge of useless land. This is the best of #granddesigns."

Thankfully, Olaf and Fritha were able to complete their dream home, with Kevin describing the finished property “gorgeous” and “proper considered architecture".

He added: "At the start I saw you as children of innocence, festival-goers and free spirits, by the end you are parents with a house and a mortgage.”

Grand Designs airs on Channel 4 and is available on All4.

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