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The Sheffield twins who built their Grand Designs homes next to each other

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Back in 2015 two brothers decided to embark on a huge project that would see them build near identical homes right next to each other in Sheffield.

Identical twins Nik and Jon Daughtry drove the same car, owned the same type of dog and even worked together running their own design business in the city.

But they decided to go one step further and full fill their dreams of building their own impressive homes paying homage to the Steel City.

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And the bonus for them would be that they would be built next to each other, over looking a stunning pond.

The brothers project was even featured in an episode of Grand Designs on Channel 4 which saw them battle for almost three years to get the homes built.

From running out of money, having to re-build walls and numerous delays the pair managed to build two modern houses, built on steel stilts, covered in corrugated Sheffield steel.



The two stunning homes once they were finished
The two stunning homes once they were finished

Grand Designs host Kevin McCloud first visited the project in December 2015 behind the homes that Nik and Jon were both renting in Sheffield.

The huge site for the build was a former Corn Mill and it was hoped that the brothers would build two homes on the site for each of their families.

They originally set themselves a target of 10 months for the build with a budget of £345,000 to build both homes.

However, it wasn’t all plain sailing. As the build didn’t finally get underway until April 2017 when the concrete began to be poured for both homes.

By the time that February 2018 came around the block work had finally been finished however, the brothers were dealt a devastating blow that the money they had would not be enough to finish.

They both had to ask for another £70,000 each from the bank in order to finish what they had started.



The back of one of the homes
The back of one of the homes

In March 2018 the banks agreed to extend both mortgages and work could plough ahead on finishing both of the impressive buildings.

But almost three years since the project started Kevin McCloud came back to see the finished homes that were breathtaking and expertly designed.



Inside one of the stunning kitchens
Inside one of the stunning kitchens

Both homes are ultra modern, with exposed block walls, concrete staircases, steel balustrades and railings and huge windows offering exquisite views over a stunning pond.

Looking inside one of the house for the first time Kevin said: “It’s like walking into a very luxurious power station”.

But he couldn’t help being blown away by both houses and said that they were “absolutely epic”.

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In total the two buildings cost £610,000 to build, way over the initial budget of £345,000 that the brothers had originally hoped for.

It also took considerably longer to build both homes than originally thought.

However, Kevin McCloud was left seriously impressed by both structures. In a departing quote he said: “These houses represent a very, very clear idea don’t they.

“That no two human beings are the same.”

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Written by: Rother Radio News


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