Property expert, writer & broadcaster Kunle Barker began his construction career whilst studying for a MA at the University of Leeds. In 2004, Kunle set up Illustrious Homes, an award winning Construction and Design Management Company, specialising in delivering high profile projects. To date Kunle has delivered over a thousand residential refurbishments, education and sports centre refits, and countless high-end private renovations.
Kunle & Illustrious Homes have won many awards including ‘2018 Property Expert of the year’ and ‘Design & Build company of the year’. As one of the country’s leading construction and housing experts, Kunle has also consulted with the government, meeting with Secretary of State Matthew Hancock to discuss the countries construction challenges.
From a broadcast perspective, Kunle’s expertise has seen him co-present high profile TV formats alongside Alan Titchmarsh and work with Sarah Beeny. He is also a regular host and speaker at Grand Designs & UK Construction week alongside Kevin McCloud and is part of the expert line up for Ideal Home Show with Charlie Luxton & Phil Spencer.
Kunle writes a regular construction and building Q&A column for Grand Designs Magazine, and is a monthly columnist at Architects Journal. He is also COO of Melt Property and the non-executive director of Studio Anyo.
Most recently, Kunle has presented Grand Designs Live from Home, an Instagram Live show over 16 Episodes, alongside working with the team at Grand Designs live 2021 to curate the content for this year’s event.
Kunle lives in North West London with his wife and two children.