Sam and Helen Scharf

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Duration: 30 minutes

Joe Crowley offers invaluable advice for viewers looking to rescue a house for themselves and finds out more about our housing stock, our heritage and why we should be both reinventing and preserving Britain's Empty Homes. The show features ambitious renovations and inspirational transformations, but also highlights the work carried out by the UK's Empty Property Officers, whose job it is to get unoccupied homes back into use.

In this episode, Joe meets Sam and Helen Scharf, who have bought an empty detached 1930s house in Cambridgeshire. They are keen to share their plans to turn the site into their new family home - and to get as much guidance as they can. To give Sam and Helen tips and inspiration, Joe introduces them to a couple who have done an incredible job of converting a detached house into a stunning modern family home.

Joe also discovers how the renovation of empty houses in the grounds of Fulham Palace helps to fund the restoration of the historic buildings on site, and we follow Empty Property Officer Andy Emmerson on his mission to save abandoned houses in Thanet, Kent.


Joe Crowley
Tony McKee
Series Producer
James Christie-Miller
Murray Donaldson
Adam Townsend
Aitor Antepara-Zuza


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