TV review: Double your house for half the money with Sarah Beeny
Your dream home without moving
The Beeny is back!
Last week, Sarah returned with the second run of Double Your House for Half the Money and she's thrilled.
It's clear she loves watching people transform places into the dream homes they've been longing for.
But then again, what else would you expect from a woman who's spent most of her adult life transforming rundown properties into desirable residences?
Sarah feels that, with money tight and mortgages difficult to come by, the easiest way to improve your surroundings is to revamp what you've got.
"I guess that's the thing I've always felt is: number one, look at practicalities, number two make it beautiful," she says. It's a mantra many of the people she meets would do well to keep repeating too.
Many times we've seen her offering her advice to couples who've ignored it – and lived to regret that later.
"I wouldn't say it really upsets me, I just think, well..." she grins. "Really, honestly, I come up with these ideas mainly because I'm looking at something for the first time. It's easier for me to think of something in a different way."
Rather than buying somewhere as either an investment or to do up and then sell, Sarah reckons we should now be looking longer term.
"A house that only fits one particular sort of person is a bit harder to make work completely, because you'll end up having to move, and stamp duty is expensive, so actually I think it's better if you can have a house that fits not just a certain stage in life, but also stages around it."
She's also keen on creating something unique that reflects the personality of those living in it..
Last night she was in Bracknell, Berkshire, where Greg and Jo Pritchard were trying to create a home for themselves and their baby, Sam, from an existing, if barely habitable, house with a fantastic view.
Meanwhile, in Cheshire, Mark and Becky Ridley were finding that extending a 200-year-old cottage without losing character is tricky.