Homes of the future: Kevin McCloud on how design is changing — and energy-positive properties that will earn you money

The home of tomorrow will be functional and based on a broken-plan layout with moveable walls. According to Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs presenter, the home will be energy-positive and make the homeowner more money. He says that rising living costs and rapidly rising energy bills will drive the construction high-quality “resilient” homes. These homes will withstand climate change, withstand extreme weather, and generate revenue. Ten years ago, the idea of becoming net energy-positive was a mere idea. It’s possible to make your home a source of income. McCloud says that in 15 years, we will live in such dwellings. McCloud and his team will be showcasing a home that produces more energy than it uses. ModPod Zero Carbon House sponsored by EDF will theoretically run without heating bills. The ModPod Zero Carbon House is pre-made in a factory, which is a cleaner way to build homes than on-site construction. It has a single floor and visitors can walk through it. The shower is powered by a wastewater heat recovery system. McCloud says that new styles will emerge from this, such as thicker walls for insulation and solar panels integrated into the roof design. McCloud states that the new aesthetics will be drawn from a deeper place, a place of sustainability. The last Grand Designs series aired in autumn on Channel 4. McCloud describes the programme as a zeitgeist, where the programme takes viewers into half-built, mid-project homes built by Britain’s most innovative renovators. McCloud says that the price of steel has doubled in three months, and timber is three times more expensive than before. McCloud says that although he doesn’t usually give people any problems for not sticking to their budget, at the moment they are almost expecting them to be 30-40 percent over. However, he believes that hard times drive the best design. “There is no chequebook architecture at the moment. People have to think creatively and not just pay their way out of an abyss. I have seen homeowners get local friends and neighbors to help them finish their projects and drive the dumper trucks. “The Streets series 2This hands-on approach is evident in McCloud’s self-build series, which airs tonight on Channel 4. McCloud’s self-build series, which aired on Channel 4, features McCloud following the couple Carlos and Maite. Their plot in Bicester was purchased for GBP234,000. They had a budget for GBP280,000. However, they went over budget by GBP30,000. McCloud has been following Carlos and Maite, who bought their plot in Bicester at GBP234,000. They had an overall budget for GBP280,000. They were GBP30,000 short of the final amount of GBP310,000 needed to complete their plans. The angular home made of steel and larch is sculpture-like and has an art gallery space.