Twin brothers in England's steel center buy an abandoned concrete yard behind the homes they are renting, with plans to build themselves two houses. Their designs incorporate local steel and are raised to take advantage of the view of a mill pond behind their planned homes, which they also purchased. One brother is married and the other divorced, but acquires a girlfriend and her children during the three year build (mostly spent in trying to line up finances and builders on their small budget.)
A married couple buy and demolish a house in order to build another. The husband is a deep sea diver who has always loved the look and feel of concrete. His dream house is to be made entirely of concrete using a formulation from a Swiss firm that has never been used in constructing a family home. Having to go away for work periodically, his wife oversees the project at times. The result is a stark building with few windows.