DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
IT’S possible this is the youngest place we’ve ever seen on Grand Designs — a ’ 70s bungalow. That’s 1970s, which must make it the youngest by centuries. Plus it’s very sturdy — no vines, no bats, no ordnance from English Heritage holding this one up.
Maybe that’s why the owners, Lisa and Lincoln, are standing there next to Kevin McCloud looking at it like it’s the worst house they’ve ever seen, even though Lisa alleges she finds bungalows charming.
Just not this one, crazy paving fireplace notwithstanding. They’ve moved here to the Isle of Wight to get out of London.
They’ve decided it’s a better venue to bring up Lisa’s daughter, and I assume the dog, blah blah, the same sorts of things all these couples say on this show.
She’s an artist, he’s an architect — again, basically the same sorts of jobs they all have — and this is going to be their ‘‘ experimental woodland house’’. Experimental all right — they’re planning on putting yoghurt on it and then applying a blowtorch to it.
It’s not just yoghurt on its own either. No. Lisa co-opts Kevin, they glove up and start mixing — cow dung and yoghurt. Kevin’s not shy with
Co-opted: Kevin McCloud