Kevin McCloud returns to see Sue and Martin in Devon. In 1999, they began the renovation of a couple of 16th and 18th-century barns. Living in a caravan on site, they wanted to use sustainable, traditional methods to create a home with ‘soul’.
Project-managed by Martin, the build progressed in an evolutionary way – without conventional plans, site surveys or specifications. This brought its own set of problems and miscalculations, and the couple’s eco principles were put to the test with a number of delays and compromises.
Their original deadline to move in by Christmas 2000 went by. Short of money, the builders were taken off the project full-time, and Martin planned to finish the work himself, only employing specialist trades where necessary. But by September 2002, the house was still not complete. Now, two decades later, Kevin returns to see if their vision of a historic home lovingly and painstakingly transformed has finally come to pass.
Grand Designs – Wednesday at 9.00pm on Channel 4.