Manea couple’s dream house features in new TV series and prove you don’t always need a lot of cash to make your ambitions a reality

PUBLISHED: 17:47 10 March 2017

A local couple from Manea, Cambridgeshire -Amanda Skeet and Neil Bates - are the feature of BBC Two’'s The House That 100K Built which airs Wednesday March 15. Although the premise of the show is, can you build your dream home for less than £100K? This couple have built theirs for 50k!

A local couple from Manea, Cambridgeshire -Amanda Skeet and Neil Bates - are the feature of BBC Two’'s The House That 100K Built which airs Wednesday March 15. Although the premise of the show is, can you build your dream home for less than £100K? This couple have built theirs for 50k!

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A local couple from Manea are the feature of BBC Two’s The House That 100K Built which airs Wednesday (15).

A local couple from Manea, Cambridgeshire are the feature of BBC Two'’s The House That 100K Built which airs Wednesday  March 15. Although the premise of the show is, can you build your dream home for less than £100K? This couple have built theirs for 50k! Inside Amanda Skeet and Neil Bates' living room. A local couple from Manea, Cambridgeshire are the feature of BBC Two'’s The House That 100K Built which airs Wednesday March 15. Although the premise of the show is, can you build your dream home for less than £100K? This couple have built theirs for 50k! Inside Amanda Skeet and Neil Bates' living room.

Although the premise of the show is, can you build your dream home for less that £100K? This couple have built theirs for 50k!

A local couple from Manea, Cambridgeshire are the feature of BBC Two’s The House That 100K Built which airs Wednesday March 15. Although the premise of the show is, can you build your dream home for less than £100K? This couple have built theirs for 50k! Inside Amanda Skeet and Neil Bates' bedroom. A local couple from Manea, Cambridgeshire are the feature of BBC Two’s The House That 100K Built which airs Wednesday March 15. Although the premise of the show is, can you build your dream home for less than £100K? This couple have built theirs for 50k! Inside Amanda Skeet and Neil Bates' bedroom.

With a brand new baby and a lively toddler, Neil and Amanda decided to knock down their dilapidated small house and try to build a larger one.

A local couple from Manea are the feature of BBC Two’'s The House That 100K Built which airs Wednesday March 15. Although the premise of the show is, can you build your dream home for less than £100K? Amanda Skeet and Neil Bates have built theirs for 50k. A local couple from Manea are the feature of BBC Two’'s The House That 100K Built which airs Wednesday March 15. Although the premise of the show is, can you build your dream home for less than £100K? Amanda Skeet and Neil Bates have built theirs for 50k.

But, they don’t want a typical new home with plasterboard walls and conventional rooms, they dream of something inspired by mediaeval timber frame homes.

A local couple from Manea are the feature of BBC Two'’s The House That 100K Built which airs Wednesday (15). Architect Piers Taylor and expert on design Kieran Long are back with a brand new series and over six episodes they will come to the aid of six very different groups of people, who each share the common goal of creating a beautiful home they could not afford to buy. A local couple from Manea are the feature of BBC Two'’s The House That 100K Built which airs Wednesday (15). Architect Piers Taylor and expert on design Kieran Long are back with a brand new series and over six episodes they will come to the aid of six very different groups of people, who each share the common goal of creating a beautiful home they could not afford to buy.

Architect Piers Taylor and expert on design Kieran Long are back with a brand new series of the show and offer those taking part over six episodes advice and support to create their dream homes - starting with Amanda and Neil.

Kieran’s first concern for their design is it could end up looking like a naff Tudor theme pub, but Piers has even bigger concerns.

Their plans are for a modern home with fake decorative timbers stuck on the outside so he rips up the plans and begins to redesign the entire home from scratch.

He begs them to invest their money in a handmade timber frame with traditional joints and handmade dowels, but in order to afford it, Neil will have to scavenge almost every other building material from the old house he has knocked down.

Kieran must give them the skills to avoid the home feeling fake. He manages to uncover a beautiful barn conversion which is furnished in such a way that it looks fashionable but also has a real sense of character. It is full of ideas and tricks that Neil and Amanda could use in their home even though their budget is almost all spent.

With much of their budget gone and the house still a shell, can Neil the novice builder, possibly complete their entire home for less than what most people spend on a fitted kitchen?

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