Two architects compete using virtual reality to remodel a home in Scotland. But which of the two radical new designs will then be built in real life?
Imagine stepping inside your home, but suddenly it is transformed beyond your wildest dreams, without ever opening a can of paint or lifting a single brick. Angela Scanlon presents a property makeover series like no other. In a first for British television, cutting-edge virtual reality and visual effects enable people to see what the future of their home could look like, before building it in reality.
Never have plans come to life like this: people can instantly explore a stunning transformation of their bedroom, walk around an incredible double-height kitchen or see how adding a gigantic picture window will turn a dingy lounge into a showstopping sitting room. In each episode, a family is presented with two radically different designs by two extraordinary architects. Which ambitious renovation will they choose to become their perfect home?
34-year-old Andy and 32-year-old Esther have lived in their three-bedroom house in Stirling, Scotland, for almost four years. With idyllic views of the river and castle, the couple love where they live, but with three small children, their house is cramped and no longer works for family life.
Andy and Esther know the house needs changing but have no idea what to do. Esther is keen to keep a separate space, but Andy thinks they should open the whole downstairs up. They could extend into the garden, but they are not sure if that is the best solution. The couple are locked in stalemate over how to spend their £55,000, so are handing over control to two competing architects - Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison.
They go head to head to redesign Andy and Esther’s home. Laura’s specialism is domestic architecture. Robert is inspired by the way people live in all corners of the world and has no fear in completely rethinking a space to defy convention.
At the design studio, Robert and Laura pitch their bold ideas to transform Andy and Esther’s home completely using virtual reality. The moment the couple put on the VR goggles, they are transported back into the house they have long struggled to make a home. Then suddenly, walls start moving, ceilings lift up and light pours in. Andy and Esther are stunned as each of the architect’s visions are revealed.
Each radically different design fits the brief in wildly different ways – they are drawn to the practicality of Laura’s but blown away by Robert’s creativity. They now face a difficult decision - which one will they decide to build?
As the episode nears its end, the final, most important reveal is yet to come. After seeing a succession of extraordinary ‘digital’ reveals, it is time to see what has been built in real life. Angela and the chosen architect arrive at the previously non-descript semi-detached home, but what they walk into is anything but! The real-world reveal manages to rival anything seen in virtual reality whilst achieving the ultimate goal of uniting Andy and Esther through this life-changing transformation.
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|Series Producer||Sarah Knight|
|Expert||Laura Jane Clark|
|Series Producer||Zoe Page|
|Executive Producer||Kitty Walshe|
|Executive Producer||Joff Wilson|