Kevin McCloud goes off the grid for new C4 series
Everyone dreams, in their more fanciful moments, of a place to hide from the pressures of the modern world; where life could be simpler, slower and possibly more rewarding.
For this brand new Channel 4 series, Kevin McCloud is determined to make that fantasy a reality - and find out whether creativity and simplicity can make us happier. In Kevin McCloud: Man Made Home he'll 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?
This four part series is made by Optomen Television from an original idea by Kevin McCloud, and co-produced with his company Concrete Telly. It was commissioned by Channel 4 Head of Factual Entertainment Liam Humphreys and will be executive produced by Tim Whitwell. The series will air on Channel 4 in the autumn.
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 experience."