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Grand Designs 2021: Updates on Gretta from Cambridgeshire

Grand Designs is back for another season with a variety of stunning builds to wow viewers every Wednesday.

Gretta will be featuring on tonight’s (22nd of September 2021) episode of Grand Designs, and we’ve found out everything you need to know about her in preparation for the show!

It’s been a rough ride for Gretta so far, but hopefully, the build will be more smooth sailing, lets get to know her below!

Who is Gretta?

Gretta is a widowed teacher, who’s ready for a fresh start in Cambridgeshire!

She moved to Malaysia 17 years ago with her two sons and her husband Ray. However, when Ray died suddenly of a heart attack, Gretta knew it was the right time to move back to England, as it would have been too painful to stay over in Malaysia.

When she moved back to England, her sister (Mary) and brother-in-law (Fernando) invited her to live with them, as she had nowhere to live.

The couple later decided to sell part of their garden as a building plot, which Gretta saw as the perfect opportunity to build her new family home!

Gretta on Grand Designs

Gretta hired her architect nephew, Carlos, to design her Malaysian-inspired burnt wood and glass home, whilst employing her brother-in-law Fernando to be the project manager!

She set a budget of £300,000 and a strict seven-month schedule…

Gretta has explained that she wants the home to be open plan, modern, and quite minimalist.

Their family harmony was tested as the site clearance began as the pandemic also did. After lockdown restrictions began to lift, the project was reassessed to cost above 400,000!

Where is Gretta now?

The outcome of Gretta’s build looks incredible, and you can see that she has been inspired with her life in Malaysia to come up with the designs for the home.

Gretta is not on social media, however, we are sure she is enjoying her life in her beautiful new home!

Check out the trailer for tonight’s episode of Grand Designs below!



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