Every man needs a shed and Grand Designs presenter Kevin McCloud is no exception.
But as you would expect, his is no simple box.
A bent oak is carefully felled and cut into arches to support the shed's hand-cut shingle roof, creating both a work of art and a lesson in sustainability.
McCloud explains by phone from the UK how his shed project came about and how along the way it became the subject of ABC1's new series, Kevin McCloud's Man Made Home.
After finishing a Grand Designs series and his social housing project in Swindon, which took six years instead of the planned three and spun off a series, Kevin's Grand Design, he says he felt slightly burnt out.
"My agent said to me what are you going to do next and I thought I don't want to do a big thing any more I want to do a really little thing," he said.
"I thought how simple can I make a project and how many episodes can I spin it out for, but also how can I do it without having to travel the length and breadth of the country all the time.
"I thought I am not going to do anything in my own house, thanks very much, because one values one's privacy and I don't want my kids on television. But I have got this bit of woodland nearby and I need a little bit of a shelter there.
"I started out with this idea of a little shack, which at one point looked like an Australian farm hut, but in the end it turned out to be something a bit more contemporary."
Building a shed might seem a modest project but McCloud did set himself one major hurdle — everything for the build had to either come from his woodland or be recycled.
Two oaks were felled to provide timber for the project and McCloud spent many wintery hours learning how to split blocks of the solid timber into shingles.
"Once you get going it is all right," he said, "but we had to do 2500 shingles. The cool thing is when it is done you look at the roof and think that is going to be there for 20 years and it was my tree. The difference between the tree and the finished object is the human energy that went into it."
McCloud's other project was to explore the sustainability of items and how to reuse what people throw away. "At least with food you have the option of buying into a free trade scheme," he said.
"If you buy a free-range banana there is usually a sticker on the side with 'This is Miguel and he grew this banana'. We can ask and be told where meat comes from, but with a sofa and a pair of jeans it is quite hard."
Happily, he found that a jet engine makes a very good hot tub but some of his other forays into sustainability were not so much fun. He plunged deep into London's sewers to collect bucketloads of the fat that clogs them and proved that it can be recycled and made into fuel for lamps.
But generally, making the series was enjoyable and he says that was because he was making use of all the things he does in real life.
"I have had a farm for 18 years, I love working on the land and I've got a tractor. I love woodlands, I always have done. I have been a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Forresters for 10 years. I'm into biodiversity and organic growing using traditional farming methods, so for me this was an opportunity to show things I am passionate about on TV."Kevin McCloud's Man Made Home starts on Sunday at 7.30pm on ABC1.
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