Kevin McCloud: How a mop will keep your Grand Design cool in summer

Kevin McCloud from Grand Designs standing outside a new wooden building
Kevin McCloud is returning for a brand-new series of Grand Designs on Channel 4, on Wednesday 31st August at 9pm (Image credit: Malgosia Czarniecka Lonsdale / Channel 4)

Kevin McCloud has revealed his top tip for keeping your home cool in the summer months — use a mop.

The Grand Designs presenter says rather than paying for home air conditioning, mopping your floors or patio in the morning and leaving the water there to evaporate can have a cooling effect. 

Amy Willis
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Amy spent over a decade in London editing and writing for The Daily Telegraph, MailOnline, and before moving to East Anglia where she began renovating a period property in rural Suffolk. During this time she also did some TV work at ITV Anglia and CBS as well as freelancing for Yahoo, AOL, ESPN and The Mirror. When the pandemic hit she switched to full-time building work on her renovation and spent nearly two years focusing solely on that. She's taken a hands-on DIY approach to the project, knocking down walls, restoring oak beams and laying slabs with the help of family members to save costs. She has largely focused on using natural materials, such as limestone, oak and sisal carpet, to put character back into the property that was largely removed during the eighties. The project has extended into the garden too, with the cottage's exterior completely re-landscaped with a digger and a new driveway added. She has dealt with de-listing a property as well as handling land disputes and conveyancing administration.