Matfield couple replace prefab with Grand Design off the back of a lorry

A couple from a rural village in Tunbridge Wells have replaced their post-war prefab home with a house that arrived on the back of a truck.

Rob, 58, and Kate, 47, from Matfield, are appearing on hit Channel Four show ‘Grand Designs’ tonight (Wednesday).

The pair wanted to replace their aging three-bedroom prefab that was originally designed to be lived in for just 10 years.

But the pair told Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud they lacked the confidence to tackle a new build project so they commissioned a ready-made house that was built in a factory and delivered to the site on the back of a lorry.

Six modules, pre-fitted with everything from kitchen cupboards to light switches were joined together and hooked up to services, then wrapped in Corten Steel and larch timber.

Over just six weeks, their new house was manufactured on a production line, complete with insulation, tiling and kitchen installation. The result is the quickest build ever seen on Grand Designs.

The pair, whose budget for the build was just £350,000 – well below the average house price for the area, which now stands close to £500,000.

The show airs tonight on Channel 4 at 9pm and will be available to stream on More Four after the programme is aired.

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