Scientist Phil Evans and his wife Joanne take a huge financial gamble in buying a Grade II-listed, Church of England, gothic revival, rural parish church in the Eden Valley. They intend to turn it into a dream home for themselves and their young family. Newly qualified architect and brother-in-law Alex is project managing the build, while Phil and Joanne live in Chorley, some 90 miles away. Disas-ter strikes early on in the build and the implications are huge on their tiny budget. Architect George Clarke is on hand to give them all both practical advice and a reality check when the costs spiral out of control and threaten to halt the project.