Kevin McCloud is a designer, presenter and author. With a family background in engineering, a degree in the history of art and architecture and experience as a theatre designer, he brings many different perspectives to the Grand Designs series. Kevin has written and presented every series of Grand Designs.
Presenter Kevin McCloud follows some of Britain's most ambitious self-building projects, as intrepid individuals attempt to design and construct the home of their dreams.
04 Nov 2010
Robert and Milla are redeveloping an 80s house overlooking Lake Windermere in the Lake District. But the radical build is risky and their budget very tight.
02 Nov 2011
Kevin revisits Robert and Milla a year after their ambitious Lake District eco home seemed on the verge of disaster.
Our Journey on C4's Grand Designs>> Robert and Milla Gaukroger find a plot overlooking Lake Windermere in the Lake District National Park. The site already has a rather ugly 1980s house on the site but rather than knock it down, Robert plans to incorporate this into a new design which will quadruple its size.
Three large linked extensions will be added, and to cap it, an enormous and very complicated domed grass-covered roof will be constructed over the whole house.
Passionate about sustainability, Robert also designs his own system for heating a giant Spine wall.
Robert’s designed a new double height entrance with an enormous, ingenious slate wall containing a matrix of hot water pipes heated by a wood burning stove and 80 solar vacuum tubes. It will act like a giant storage heater… or so Robert hopes.
The other half of the house – designed so it can be shut down in the winter to save on heating – will provide three en suite guest rooms for Milla’s family when they visit from Malaysia… and a naturally filtered swimming pool. Upstairs will be a huge open plan studio and kitchen with spectacular views of Lake Windermere.
To soften the impact of this huge house, Robert clad it in locally sourced larch. But it’s its domed roof that will do the most to camouflage this gigantic house into its hillside setting. A complex pattern of wooden frames will form a super-strong structure while the grass will provide excellent insulation.
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