Presenter - ITV1 'Love Your Home & Garden' & Property Expert


Construction Expert, Journalist  & TV presenter 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 delivery high profile projects, on time, on budget and on quality.

To date, Kunle has delivered over 8000 residential refurbishments, 120 Schools and 3 sports centres refits as well as 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 respectively. One of the countries foremost construction and housing experts Kunle has consulted with central government working with RT. Hon. Mathew Hancock.

Kunle’s knowledge is in high demand and he has delivered high profile TV projects for Alan Titchmarsh & Sarah Beeny as well as co presenting the TV shows.

Kunle also speaks on various construction & building topics at Grand Designs & UK Construction week along-side Kevin McCloud and is part of the expert line up for Ideal Home Show with Charlie Luxton & Phil Spencer.

Kunle also writes a regular construction & building Q/A column for Grand Designs Magazine.


Excerpts from my monthly expert column in Grand Designs Magazine

Q&A – GDM – Managing Budget

Q&A – GDM – Project Management

Q&A – GDM – Paragraph 55

Q&A – GDM – Right to build


Co-host on ITV Love Your Home & Garden

Co-host on ITV Love Your Home & Garden

I was delighted to have been chosen to work alongside Alan Titchmarsh to deliver the builds for his new ITV Prime Time show Love Your Home and Garden.

I was chosen precisely for my proven ability to deliver, complex and high profile builds within tight time and budgetary constraints. I was delighted that all projects have been delivered on time, under budget and ready for the cameras.

As well as my role in front of the camera as co-presenter alongside Alan Titchmarsh, I was also the expert consultant leading the design and build on each show.


Design & Build expert on Renovate Don’t Relocate with Sarah Beeny

Design & Build expert on Renovate Don’t Relocate with Sarah Beeny

When someone like Sarah Beeny asks if you could help design and and build projects for her new TV show, you just say “Yes, it would be my pleasure,” & of course it was absolutely my pleasure.

The series will on your screens early in 2019 so you will have to wait a while to see how we got on, believe me it will be worth the wait.

I was delighted to be thanked publicly by Ms Beeny for the hard work and great results on these builds, watch this space for more…….


Design & Construction Management

Design & Construction Management

After moving back to London in 2004 I set up Illustrious Homes and we quickly made a name for ourselves renovating the varied housing stock in London, working for a varied client base from local & central government to first-time buyers and even celebrities.

In 2005 IH began working on several large local government contracts bringing our customary high level of workmanship and finish to this sector of the industry.

An award winning business IH brings years of experience and expertise to all of its building projects large and small. We specialise in smoothly and efficiently managing the entire construction process from design to completion, whatever the size of your project.

IH was recently chosen to work along side Alan Titchmarsh on the new ITV1 prime time TV show ‘Love Your Homes & Garden’. As the main contractor, IH was responsible for delivering 3 builds under incredibly tight budgetary and time pressures. A task that the team rose to as all projects were delivered on time, under budget and ready for the cameras, but don’t take our word for it have a look at the video below.

Shows & Appearances:

Grand Designs, Ideal Home Show & UK Construction week

Shows & Appearances:

Grand Designs, Ideal Home Show & UK Construction week