For most of us, rust and ruin are not interior design choices. But Beth Dadswell and Andrew Wilbourne can’t resist a bit of decay. As designers, they are passionate about preserving the marks of time. They’ve rescued a crumbling Victorian dairy in south east London, and plan to convert it into a family home while retaining as much of the ramshackle roof and crumbling brickwork as possible.
All this in just six months and on a tight budget of £260k. As they begin stripping back the old dairy, the poor condition of the building becomes plain. It’s full of rusting metal and rotting wood. Beth and Andrew have to make some painful decisions about just how much decay they can live with. As time goes on, their vision of a ‘shabby chic’ finish, including a Parisian courtyard, is under threat from the pressure to make their new home fit for modern life.
Director: Nicki Stoker
Series Producer: John Lonsdale
Executive Producer: Fiona Caldwell
Production Company: Boundless
Grand Designs Season 18 Episode 5 Airs Wednesday 4 October 2017 from 9.00pm-10.00pm on Channel 4.