But even when a design isn’t to his taste, he can usually find something to admire.“In the new series we are covering a house being built in woodland south of London.
So far the company has built 120 houses on two sites.
It’s not the gleaming modernist palaces, green-roofed eco-homes or restored historic monuments that feature on his Channel 4 show Grand Designs that are bothering him.
Nor is it the downright peculiar living quarters occupied by the rat-race refugees in his new series Kevin Mc Cloud’s Escape to the Wild. In 100 years, I don’t think we’re going to look back and say that this was a golden age for house building,” he says.
Why not share one among five families, on a big, communal back garden? Another of his ideas is for a whole street to split its back gardens in two, with each house keeping the front half and then combining the rest to create a giant communal space that could be a play area, allotments or whatever.
He has offered to buy a shed for the first road to do it – the money is still in his account.