Grand Designs

Episode Guide


Series 2 · Episode 8

Kevin McCloud follows ecologically minded couple, Martin Whitlock and Sue Charman, building ‘eco’ technology home ‘with soul’ out of 2 old barns in Devon, while living on site in a mobile home. Project managed by Martin, the build progresses in an evolutionary way – without conventional plans, site surveys and specifications. This brings it’s own set of problems and miscalculations and the couples’ eco principles are put to the test and reluctantly compromised at times. The couple have a deadline to move in by Christmas 2000 which is not met and they end up over budget. By January 2001 the builders are taken off the project full time and Martin plans to finish work himself, only employing specialist trade where necessary.

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