DVD Review: Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home
Kevin McCloud’s Man Made Home is a long way off the beaten track from his usual fare in Grand Designs. Rather than critiquing sheer luxury or outrageous designs, Keven goes in the opposite direction, buys a plot of land in the countryside and sets about to build himself a holiday home, a place to get away from the business of life and get back to nature.
The home is more a one room abode, and the project made more difficult, but also more interesting, by Kevin’s insistence that everything required to build this quite little retreat will come from his plot of land, or be recycled from stuff people have thrown away.
We get a mixture of old fashioned techniques – using dynamite to split a giant oak tree that’s just been felled on his property, to jumping into the sewers of London to gather ingredients for making bio-fuel.
As the mission progresses, it becomes more than just building a place he can some on the occasional weekend, it starts to become an investigation into what luxuries can be made from off-casts whilst still being powered off the grid.
In the end he manages to build a little piece of paradise that just about anyone who can cope with being off grid for a couple of days, would find luxuriously appealing.
The only downside to the whole endeavor is it starts off being something that anyone of us could in theory do, to something that only a few people could achieve. It’s a great piece of television however and certainly worth investing a couple of evenings to watch on DVD.
PG Coarse language.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read