Aug 30, 2020 - Explore Susan Wilson's board "Cob house", followed by 289 people on Pinterest. Questioned on the overall budget, Mr McCabe admits he doesn't know how much it has cost overall and describes it as a 'labour of love'. The idea adds to the eco-friendly credentials of the stunning countryside home, The cob staircase forms a beautiful centrepiece for the curving home, as seen in the second floor entrance way (left). Sinuous curves create a counterpoint to the perpendicular beam. In the living room, a stunning cob fireplace looks like something out of North Africa, while the master bedroom has a French chateau feel to it with its glamorous copper bath and dressing room wrapped into a curved cob wall. Born and Elinor have enlisted the help of a team of 'healthy building specialists', who are adapting their original architect's design to meet their bespoke needs. PM quizzed over covid support, Heart-stopping moment lorry veers onto wrong side of road, Conspiracy theorist goes into shocking rant against masks on flight, Gunshots fired in residential property in Birmingham, White woman screaming 'White Lives Matter' over BLM flag gets hosed, Dramatic moment children fall down escalator in Russia, China's Loch Ness Monster? The property was first featured on Grand Designs in 2013 but wasn’t finished at the show’s end…prompting presenter Kevin McCloud to return this year to catch-up on the McCabes, Kevin McCabe and his ex-wife Rose frequently clashed in the 2013 episode of the show as the master cob builder’s dream project was hit by multiple problems, which saw the then couple living in a static caravan for a time, New life: A social media image of Kevin McCabe and Karen Davies, believed to be the cob builder’s new partner, on holiday, Ms Davies, who now lives in the finished extravagant eco home with Kevin McCabe, is seen reclining by a swimming pool.
The roof is looking spectacular, covered in blooming wildflowers, but most of the windows are missing and there’s not a single usable room. Optimistic timing aside, the problem, as Kevin quickly points out, is that a high-spec replica of the Speyer house would cost around £800,000 to build. It goes from one to two to three stories. His plan is to build two vast curved roundhouses connected by a glazed walkway and cover the whole thing with a green root planted with wildflowers. McCloud compares the master bedroom to a 'penthouse apartment', adding: 'It reminds me of French castles I have been to but without the draughts. The “Snow White cottage” in Olalla, WA, is up for sale. Moment man pushed down hole in savage attack by cow in India, Will Manchester get the £60m offered? With its combination of ethnic, hippie, vintage, and gipsy styles, bohe…. This episode of Grand Designs airs on Wednesday 31 October 2018 at 9pm on Channel 4, Follow us on Twitter @HomesProperty, Facebook and Instagram.

The cob wall behind the sofa, pictured, has been carved to make built-in wine racks, The expansive master bedroom, on the third floor of the main building, pictured, offers ample living space for Mr McCabe and his partner.

It's a fantasy fusion of cob, grass and stone.

The notion of building a 'cob house' from mud and straw seems misplaced, crazy even, in a 21st-century society dominated by new building materials and technologies. Despite never visiting it himself, he seems sure that he can honour it – in just eight months. The rest of the building was muddy, exposed to the elements and uninhabited. Unfortunately, Kevin was flexing his skills in Britain, and rain inevitably played unexpected havoc with the timeline and modest £350,000 budget. The sweeping living room features a twin log store on either side of the cob fireplace. Glazed sunspaces and an amazing greenhouse brimming with lush tomatoes connect the main house to the smaller annexe, which is currently generating income as a rental home.

It's a cob job well done. The rooms are monumental and the thick, hefty cob walls suggest extraordinary mass… But not a single room is habitable… It’s clear this house won’t be ready to live in any time soon.’, The property’s solar heating system is seen attached on the side of the house. It gets bigger. The undulating roof, pictured, which mirrors the curves of the rolling hills beyond, is covered with soil and a natural wildflower garden. The undulating roof, pictured, which mirrors the curves of the rolling hills beyond, is covered with soil and a natural wildflower garden. “It’s all borrowed money,” Rose adds, with a definite tone. “Not including my labour,” he adds, somewhat redundantly. He last visited with Grand Designs in 2013 and returned this summer for tonight's hotly-anticipated revist episode, Stepping inside, McCloud is struck by its unusual appearance.

Presenter Kevin McCloud can't help but marvel at the natural material as he explores the property with owner Kevin McCabe, The curves of the house and the master bedroom are continued in the bathroom, where Mr McCabe added a curved tiled shower, pictured, and even a curved wooden counter top, pictured. Follow us on Facebook There are three bedrooms with vaulted ceilings and a clever, generous diagonal balcony that overhangs the kitchen below. Maybe, but for the first time in its long history, it now has a meaningful purpose. The mixture is shovelled or stamped together, after which a cob fork is used to ladle it onto a stone foundation, before it is trod it into place.

"This is an exercise in getting stuff right and proving two minds are better than one,” says Kevin.
"I like that very much.”. "It's been a real labour of love," he says fondly. 'It looks done,' he says admiringly. Instead, they opted for a second-hand one which has already off-gassed elsewhere, and have cosied things up with knotted and woven rugs. This combined with its triple glazed window means the property produces more energy than it uses, he adds. CHANNEL 4 Kevin "King of Cob" McCabe and Grand Designs UK host Kevin McCloud inside the finished cob castle.