Grand Designs

Series 12 - Episode 11



You may remember artists Freddie Robins and Ben Coode-Adams’ Grand Design project in 2011 – converting a massive, Grade II-listed, 16th-century barn in Essex. They wanted somewhere gigantic where they could both work – Ben makes huge sculptures and needed room for welding. Freddie was keen that her home, renovated with a £650,000 budget, shouldn’t be twee. Or in any way cosy. Kevin McCloud returns to see how this trendy couple are liking rural life.


Kevin McCloud revisits London artists Freddie Robins and Ben Coode-Adams, who left their cramped flat and took on the conversion of a Grade II-listed timber-framed barn in the Essex countryside. At seven times the size of the average three-bedroom house, the project proved very challenging, but also gave them plenty of opportunity to be creative.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Kevin McCloud
Director Ann Lalic
Director Max Baring