Kevin McCloud goes off grid and builds a shed

Kevin McCloud from that Grand Designs has got the shed bug (and who hasn’t nowadays) but he’s also got a new telly series Man Made Home which starts Sun Sunday 23 Sep, 8pm on Channel 4 – which sees him build a shed.

Those Channel 4 Home presenters are loving the sheds – what with Sheddies favourite Sarah Beeny, been involved with Shed of the year since the beginning – be interesting to see if Mr Mccloud can bring some of his some posh designs theories down to earth.

From the pictures it does look a great build and the use of salvaged materials is great but is this build more like a fancy tiny house than a humble garden shed?

But it does have some quirky features that would appeal to you sheddies I think

  • Next to the shed there is a hot tub made from a jet engine air intake
  • chair made from an old tractor
  • home made oven, constructed using an old safe

I hope to see some of these in your entries for Shed of the year 2013 😉

all photos from Channel 4

Here is the background info – what do you self build sheddies think of it all?

Kevin McCloud will be going off grid to build a cabin in the woods. He’ll be recycling, re-using and re-purposing to create his very own self-designed and self-built haven.

Kevin is setting out to recapture a pleasure he believes many have lost:  making things with our own hands. His cabin will be away from the world of uniform relentless mass production and packed with ingenious design solutions. He hopes it will be a structure that is so distinctive he’ll be proud to say he built it.

Kevin’s hand-made haven will be a shed of architectural ambition, oak framed and shingle clad, filled with incredible objects of his own making.  Its construction will be an adventure from start to finish and is destined to push him out of his comfort zone and into the “shedzone” of mad creativity.

This project will fulfil his boyhood dream of owning a shed in the woods he can escape to, design classic pieces in, and watch the sun go down from.

And at the end of it all, Kevin hopes to answer that nagging question: is simple better?

Kevin McCloud said: “This is the shed of my imagination; a shedtastic opportunity to explore off-grid ways of living, meet craftspeople of all ages and disciplines and ask whether living a life where we make and do is better than one where we simply buy and consume. A life-changing

Anyway I will have it on Sky+ to see how Kevin gets on..

By Andrew Wilcox

I love sheds Founder & judge of Shed of the year - Wilco writes mainly about sheds. About the blog Enter your shed into #shedoftheyear