Build a New Life in the Country

Build a New Life in the Country Property Auctions UK

Wednesday 27th February 2013 07.00-08.00


George Clarke advises a finance director moving from London to his dream home, a 16th-century property in the Cotswolds near Oxford. The £250,000 redesign is developing as work progresses, but the owner is not always around to make decisions, and the builders grow frustrated. With a wedding due in a few weeks, the completion date looms ominously.

Build a New Life in the Country

Build a New Life in the Country Property Auctions UK

Friday 1st March 2013 07.00-08.00


George Clarke advises two accountants as they quit their jobs and set off to renovate a 200-year-old barn in Devon. Husband Martin was supposed to be project manager, but having to work out his notice meant wife Clare taking over the job, and she now seems reluctant to relinquish control. Construction progresses smoothly, but George is horrified by plans to remove the property’s original features.

Build a New Life in the Country

Build a New Life in the Country Property Auctions UK

Monday 4th March 2013 07.00-08.00


Martin and Rebecca try to turn a dilapidated old church in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, into their dream home. The inexperienced couple employ friends to help keep the project on a tight budget and, after a shaky start, everything goes ahead on time. However, as the roof work takes its toll on their finances, the pair realise they need a cash injection to complete their house.

Build a New Life in the Country

Build a New Life in the Country Property Auctions UK

Tuesday 5th March 2013 07.00-08.00


Architect George Clarke meets a London couple hoping to sell their organic cafe in Brixton, south London, and spend a £1million bank loan converting a run-down hotel in St Ives, Cornwall, into three houses, one of which will be used as a designer B&B. They face a race against time to have the middle property finished and on the market by Christmas, so they can concentrate on getting the guesthouse open before Easter.

Build a New Life in the Country

Build a New Life in the Country Property Auctions UK

Wednesday 6th March 2013 07.00-08.00


George Clarke advises inventor David as he converts a Norfolk water tower into a dream home for his family. The structure is set in a forest, and has a central well that the owner wants to floodlight and cover with glass. Unfortunately, bad weather delays the building work, and time management soon becomes a problem. Six months on, financial concerns threaten the entire enterprise.

Build a New Life in the Country

Build a New Life in the Country Property Auctions UK

Thursday 7th March 2013 07.00-08.00


George Clarke offers advice to a couple converting a Cambridgeshire apple store into their dream home and stables, but is not sure dad Paul can get everything completed in the three months he has allotted for the work. As delays with materials set the project back, money starts to run low – and the pair are devastated when contractors do a bunk with their remaining cash, leaving them penniless and without hope of finishing.

Build a New Life in the Country

Build a New Life in the Country Property Auctions UK

Friday 8th March 2013 07.00-08.00


George Clarke advises Glyn and Jan, who intend to refurbish a Derbyshire farmhouse that comes with a barn and 12 acres of land. Having taken out a loan to cover costs, they want the building to be waterproof before they go on holiday at Christmas – but delays in planning permission and financial difficulties mean paying out thousands of pounds in interest before a stroke of work has been done.

Build a New Life in the Country

Build a New Life in the Country Property Auctions UK

Sunday 7th April 2013 13.00-14.00


Architect George Clarke helps a building surveyor and his wife who, tired of city life and their expensive mortgage, decide to downsize to the Lincolnshire countryside. With a budget of £90,000, the couple plan to convert a small chapel into a three-bedroom home, quit their jobs and open an equestrian livery business.

Build a New Life in the Country

Build a New Life in the Country Property Auctions UK

Sunday 7th April 2013 14.00-15.00


Middle-aged couple Terry and Marilyn relocate from Whitby, North Yorkshire, to a 500-year-old farmhouse in the in the Northumbrian Dales, which they set out to transform into a home for their large family. Architect George Clarke offers advice about restoring the collapsed roof and laying a concrete floor, and lends moral support when flooding means they lose precious time and have to seek shelter with Marilyn’s father.