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Series 11 - Episode 4
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Kevin McCloud is a master of conveying a lot with just a tiny noise. As the owners of a gigantic, 16th-century listed barn outline their vision for turning it into a family home, you can hear the smallest “oh” leave McCloud’s mouth. You or I would shout, “ARE YOU MAD?” but Kevin just says a meaningful “oh”.
Freddie and Ben are a pair of trendy artists who, with their daughter Willa, have left their small London flat
to move into said Essex barn, given to them by Ben’s parents. They have a renovation budget of £650,000
and a goal: they do not want a “cosy” home. “Cosy” is right out. They want a big living/work space where Ben can weld his sculptures and they can display their acres
of arty toys and other stuff.
Freddie, like so many people featured in
, doesn’t want to live like the rest of us, no, she isn’t like you and me. “No nice-ification. No trees in pots. No hanging baskets,” she sneers. No, she wants to live somewhere with two enormous grain silos in the living room.
Kevin McCloud follows a project by artists Freddie Robins and Ben Coode-Adams to convert a large, Grade II-listed timber-framed barn in Essex into a family home and workspace. Their plans involve a minimal number of interior walls to display their collection of toys, but at seven times the size of an average three-bedroom house, the transformation of the 500-year-old building proves extremely challenging.
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