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Restoration Home: One Year On (Episode 2) | History Documentary | Reel Truth History

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Published on Aug 11, 2019

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Restoration Home documented the stories of six historic buildings at risk of being lost forever. Six new owners made a commitment to transform them into their dream homes. But there was more to rescuing these buildings than anyone imagined.

Kieran Long revisits The Elms and Coulton Mill for an update on their ongoing restoration and to reveal new stories that have come to light since the programmes were first broadcast. He meets the talented craftspeople who helped save them and explores the art of craft, how skills passed down from generation to generation make it possible for these properties to be authentically restored.

Gavin and Anne worked for a solid year on The Elms, a three-storey Georgian mansion in Derbyshire, but when we left them in 2012 they had run out of money. A year later, Gavin hasn't let go of his ambitious dream to make the home the heart of his family. He has painstakingly reinstated the original staircase, but with so much intricate restoration still to do, will it ever be finished?

In North Yorkshire, Heather and Nick are closer than ever to bringing Coulton Mill back to life. There is evidence of a mill on the site from the 13th century and the recent extensive, meticulous restoration of the ancient farm buildings has reinvigorated crafts and skills that were close to being lost forever. Just like in days gone past, the success of the mill now relies on people being drawn to the buildings - today as an attraction rather than simply a mill, but as Heather anxiously welcomes her first coach party what will they make of it?

Crumbling, ancient houses are brought back to life by passionate owners as they restore and convert them into striking 21st century homes, unravelling the properties' extraordinary past lives through their architectural and social history.

Grand Designs meets Who Do You Think You Are? Presented by Caroline Quentin, Restoration Home follows private owners of crumbling historic buildings as they save them from ruin and restore them into wonderful 21st century homes. With the help of architectural expert, Kieran Long, and social historian, Dr. Kate Williams, Restoration Home turns detective to unravel the properties' astonishing lives. As the new owners transform the buildings into their homes, the family trees of these crumbling ruins start to emerge. Tales of Kings and Queens, murder, civil unrest, moments that shocked and shaped Britain are revealed as these buildings are brought back to life.



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