RESTORING HERITAGE RUINS INTO LIVING HOMES
Across the country, thousands of heritage buildings lie in ruins – forgotten, neglected and slowly decaying into the landscape. But these are more than just crumbling old homes – they are touchstones to our past.
Over each episode of the latest series, host Stuart Harrison, architect and history buff, follows homeowners across the country as they restore Australia’s great buildings – important buildings, that would otherwise be turned to rubble. From countryside homesteads to grand inner-city terraces, from iconic modernist masterpieces to inner-city industrial sites, we start at the beginning of the homeowners’ restorations as they take the keys to their rundown properties in desperate need of some love, care and attention.
Their vision of re-creating the properties to turn them into ‘forever’ homes isn’t simple. To faithfully restore them with original fixtures and fittings, they first must replace termite damaged floors, water damaged walls, and rotten ceilings.
Stuart, and in Series 1 renowned designer Sibella Court, help the renovators fall in love with their properties even more, by investigating the history of the home and its original owners – uncovering stories of ghosts, bushranging rogues and outback explorers along the way.
With greater budgets and increased time pressures, homeowners discover just how tough it is to create a home suitable for 21st century living. Their ambitious restorations are a journey of discovery for both renovators and viewers alike, with takeaway tips for audiences that can be applied to everyday home renovations.
Each episode ends in a final reveal, showcasing a finished renovation and a home ready to live in. Inspiring and surprising, the results are truly spectacular.