Restoration Man features the personal and financial problems families endure to accomplish their dream.
Many are difficult building projects due to their listed status or planning rules that restrict how a restoration is carried out. Others have structural problems after standing neglected and empty for many years.
Restoration Man Clarke pushes the projects along by offering expert advice– and his professional background helps deliver them on time and budget.
The programme also points out that big restoration projects are not for the inexperienced or faint-hearted, unlike some of the easier refurbishments tackled by other property shows.
Many of the buildings featured in Restoration Man have fascinating histories. Unfortunately, many have fallen into decay disrepair over the years, but developers taking on these restoration projects refuse to believe that the building’s best days are in the past.
Among the buildings featured is the restoration of a derelict windmill which had been without a roof since 1915 but which overlooks an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Projects include renovating a Yorkshire steam train water tower, restoration of a Victorian brickworks in Oxfordshire and turning a Cheshire water tower into a spectacular home.
As an architect, George Clarke’s aim is sympathetic restorations while uncovering the historical and architectural significance of the building.
Restoring old buildings is becoming increasingly popular across the UK and while there are more than 5,000 buildings listed on the Heritage at Risk register, the number is less than half the number listed 10 years earlier.