All over Ireland, there are properties in need of serious repair and The Great House Revival champions the bravery of those willing to take them on. But restoring old buildings is never easy.
The series charts the highs and lows of such complicated building projects, from tight timeframes to the relentless surprising challenges which older structures generate. Watch it back on RTÉ Player.
Last night's episode saw a 1770s home in Westport, Co. Mayo transformed from an empty and damp wreck to a jaw-dropping jewel-toned haven.
The passion project in question was Grove House, which was bought by Karen Whyte and her partner, Donnacha Curley, a few years ago when it was close to dereliction. It had stood empty for years, with water damage and in serious need of some love. It was particularly dear to Karen, as a native of Westport, to bring the building back to its former glory.
This week, Karen Whyte and her partner Donnacha Curley, purchased Grove House a few years ago with a plan to save it from dereliction. Empty for years, the building was damp, water-damaged, and largely unloved. A native of Westport, Karen is keen to restore the building back to the grand home it once was.
Costing a comparatively slight €117,500, the home is a whopping 10,500 sq. ft. with a further 3,500sq ft. in the basement, so this restoration is no small task. Changing times have meant changing purposes for the building, from private home it became a bank, then a boarding school, and most recently it was flats.
Living in an apartment on the top floor, Karen – who worked in interior design – was able to project manage the work, but little heat in the home, a tightening budget and unexpected complications on the way, it's been a true challenge.
Click through the gallery above to see the result of last night's Great House Revival.