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On 22/01/2021 at 15:26, Stanley said:

Really didn’t like this week’s house - the slate roof should have stopped at the walls and the windows were horrid with that same dark grey finish, it looked like a Minecraft house - also didn’t like the furniture and furnishings what little there was, zero style or taste with some shocking choice in art - that fucking lion :blink: Also that argument over the staircase was just weird, what a strange couple. 

 

I couldn't help thinking that the "argument" over the stairs was done to add some drama. It came across very strangely and felt very artificial.

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The eco ones often end up looking a bit shonky but I think the Mrs here had a very quiet and steely way about her in the background and was saying 'no way is that shite red sofa and some skip kitchen ending up in this house after I've been thru all this'.

 

Thought they ended up with a very tasteful and usable house, do wonder about that heating system though, and whether the place would be super hot in the summer too. Seemed especially hard to grasp how an ambient house is comfy at 15c inside when the more traditional rad systems need to be set 5-6c higher.

 

Wouldn't work for me, I got paranoid and was shouting at Kevin to shut the bloody doors.

 

The singing was great, straight out of some Footlights amdram society.

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Yeah I did think that about the summer. Surely the bedrooms at the back are like being in a clay oven and there's no windows to open for a bit of breeze. Maybe I've misunderstood though, I also couldn't get my head around cooler temperatures feeling warmer because they're a different type of heat.

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Enjoyed last night's episode. Older couple attempt to renovate an absolutely rotten old mill in Cornwall with nowhere near enough money. And of course that was nowhere near enough money when they thought the thing was in far better state than it actually is...

 

I'm a little biased, as I love that part of the world, and have got family down there that have been the renovation game, so this is all familiar, but it's probably been the favourite build for me this series so far. I did think Kevin was being a bit unrealistic with his disappointment that more of the building wasn't saved - fundamentally the thing was rotten and it had to be gutted, and it had be do to make a mill into a home. All in all it was a really nice build and they did exceptionally well for doing it on far too little money and trying to do it themselves as much as possible. Really good.

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I agree that Kevin was a bit unrelenting on keeping as much of the original features as possible. After all those years exposed to water damage the interior beams had the integrity of MFI woodchip and just needed to go.

 

I thought the exterior was absolutely beautiful, the interior awful. Really naff, cheap and lacking any kind of character or imagination. The kitchen was particularly bland. Kevin said as much but he always damns with faint praise the bits he dislikes.

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Kevin was especially obnoxious in this episode. If the wood is rotten the wood is rotten, no amount of purism is going to change that. He is quite good at spending other people’s money though. Saying that, the front door set alarm bells ringing right from the off at the reveal, it was incredibly naff. I’m glad they were happy as everyone loves a grafter, but it was not good inside which is a massive shame. 

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I do like Kevin and the fact he actually brings a view to this, unlike say George Clarke who you'd show your downstairs bog cupboard to after a particularly bad visit and he'd be wowed and amazed by the amazing space and how big and light it feels in there despite being small with no windows (as would his hairy gnome mate who makes things from wood all the time).

 

I wonder if he was stitched up a bit in the edit on this with all the eps having a total lack of footage for the last year of the builds - suspect there have been many eps where he's said as much on the multiple visits just not made the final cut. They needed a bit of padding and this helped bring some drama.

 

That said I do get annoyed with some of the conservation stuff - this place was an eyesore shit heap that nobody wanted to take on, externally they did a brilliant and expensive job of making it look the part - internally they looked like they ran out of money and energy a bit but I totally get that and they have to live in it. Doing all the work and living in that tiny caravan during lockdown is going to sap the life out of you.

 

Kevin would only have been happy if it was some open plan museum to the old mill I think, no consideration for them living in the bloody place.

 

That said I don't get what they fell in love with, ugly building with no windows, odd shaped plot right on a road and internally didn't look like a lot of space or light - but to each their own and thats why this show remains the daddy of this type of thing, they get the best builds & stories.

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I was really surprised that there wasn't any footage of the build after February last year. All the other builds this series had at least some stuff shot during the gaps between lockdowns, and even had Kevin doing a Zoom call with one couple.

 

Given that the last footage before that was her throwing a massive strop, about Kevin's comments, I reckon she got the hump and wouldn't let them back until it was done and dusted.

 

I really wasn't that keen on the end result, even if I'm not as much of a purist as Kevin. I know there was a lot of rotten stuff that needed replacing, but they went into with ludicrous expections and far too little money. Why even buy a place like that, if you're just going to make it look like a generic new build inside? They started off with him doing all the interior pointing and then just gave up and plastered over everything. With the foundations being as bad as they are, that's going to be a maze of cracks before the end of the year.

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