Kevin McCloud follows people as they build their dream house, often focusing on modern design, energy efficiency, maximizing space and views.
#2 – Carmarthen: The Eco-House
Season 5 – Episode 11
Andrew and Lowri Davies embark on a project to build an environmentally friendly farmhouse in rural Wales. Encouraged by their architect, they opt for some state-of-the-art experimental building materials; but do their builders know how to use them? As the budget spirals out of control, they find it increasingly difficult to balance the budget with their desire for a sustainable home.
The episode was rated from 2 votes.
#3 – Surrey: The Victorian Threshing Barn: Revisited
Season 8 – Episode 10
Kevin McCloud revisits Philip Trail and his wife Angela who moved to stress-free Surrey and renovated a 150-year-old threshing barn after Philip was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
The episode was rated from 1 votes.
#4 – Revisited – Ashford: Water Tower Conversion
Season 11 – Episode 10
Kevin revisits Denise and Bruno Del Tufo who six years ago set about transforming a concrete water tower in their back garden into an avant-garde contemporary home.
The episode was rated from 2 votes.
#5 – Revisited (2) – Sussex: The Woodsmans Cottage
Season 3 – Episode 15
Kevin returns again to see how Ben Law’s woodsman’s cottage has changed.
The episode was rated from 8 votes.
#6 – Monmouthshire: The Japanese House
Season 13 – Episode 6
Tamayo Hussey’s missed Japan ever since she moved to the UK with her husband Nigel. To stave off the homesickness they’ve decided to transform a forester’s lodge into a Japanese house complete with roof bath, tatami room and sliding paper walls. Keen to keep costs under control, Nigel and Tamayo decide to engage only the design skills of an architect and with no previous building experience they bravely go it alone, working without any detailed drawings and fire-fighting problems every step of the way. The wood they’re using for the timber frame – Japanese larch – hasn’t been used for building houses before in the UK, so no one can be sure it will be strong enough, the new interior walls don’t meet properly and the replacement window design can’t cope with the rain. But Nigel and Tamayo are determined to overcome any obstacle to get the Japanese house they’re so desperate for.
The episode was rated from 79 votes.
#7 – Yorkshire: The 14th Century Castle
Season 7 – Episode 1
Every Englishman’s home is his castle but for Francis Shaw this is quite literally true. He and his wife, Karen, and their two young daughters, bought the ruins of a 14th Century castle in Yorkshire and took on the remarkable challenge of turning a pile of stones into a beautiful home. Surrounded by rolling green fields, the location is idyllic; however, the castle itself was little more than four crumbling walls.
The episode was rated from 30 votes.
#8 – London: The Glass & Timber House
Season 7 – Episode 12
In this episode Kevin meets master carpenter Bill Bradley and his wife Sarah, whose plan is to build two identical timber houses in south London, selling one to finance the building of the other.
The episode was rated from 10 votes.
#9 – Weald of Kent: Arched Eco House
Season 9 – Episode 4
Kevin McCloud follows the progress of architect Richard Hawkes and wife Sophie, who are moving from London to the Kent countryside to build a hi-tech eco-friendly house with room to grow their own food. Richard also wants their new home to blend effortlessly into the surrounding countryside, concealed beneath a huge arch of clay tiles covered with earth and planted with grass
The episode was rated from 37 votes.
#10 – Tuscany: The Tuscan Castle: Revisited
Season 7 – Episode 11
Kevin McCloud meets a couple who bought a ruin and moved to Italy in 1999, hoping to start work building their dream home in Tuscany. Since then they’ve spent all their time trying to get planning permission, but finally, after four years, they are about to start work. And it’s an epic project: they have bought a derelict 1,000-year-old castle in the Tuscan hills. Now, the couple face their biggest battle of all: rebuilding this massive ruin into a comfortable and luxurious five-bedroom home.
The episode was rated from 19 votes.