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Episode 3

Two ingenious designs come to life using virtual reality, helping a conflicting couple from Bedfordshire to build their dream home.

Imagine stepping inside your home, but suddenly it is transformed beyond your wildest dreams. Angela Scanlon presents this property makeover series where 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 see how taking down a wall could transform an awkward room, see how choosing darker paint colours can turn a rarely used box room into an inviting snug and how changing a staircase creates the space for a vast, inviting entrance hall.

In each episode, a family is presented with two radically different designs by two extraordinary architects. Which ambitious renovation will they choose to build in real life?

36-year-old Suzanne and 41-year-old Danny have wildly differing views on how to improve their cramped 1960s bungalow in Bedfordshire. With three children and only two usable bedrooms, they are in urgent need of help but while Suzanne wants style and a wow factor, Danny is fixated on storage and practicality. With the couple at loggerheads, architects Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison go head to head to win the commission. The prize? To radically transform this dysfunctional space into a spectacular and practical home, all working to their £70k budget.

Laura specialises in domestic architecture, focusing on making homes a joy to live in, while Robert is an experimental architect drawing inspiration from how people live around the globe.

The two experts work up two very different solutions to this ambitious brief - then, using the latest technology, Danny and Suzanne step into the designs in state-of-the-art virtual reality. They begin in their existing home and watch in awe as their furniture disappears, plaster peels back, walls fall away, new structures build, before the final vision is revealed like never before.

Laura creates an ingenious design which turns the once ordinary home into one that is extraordinary. Her clever scheme solves a major problem present in most bungalows – they are dark at the centre of the home. A gigantic skylight lets light pour in and a stunning low cost kitchen is created by adapting an off the peg one with laser-cut brass panels.

Next is Robert’s design which is hardly recognisable as Suzanne and Danny’s old home. Small rooms have been transformed into an enormous open-plan space constructed using industrial materials and translucent wall panels. The most radical idea however is replacing their traditional bedrooms with Japanese–style ‘sleep pods’.

The conflicting couple must now agree which of the two amazing virtual creations to build in reality. Months after the builders move in, Angela and the chosen architect travel for the final and most important reveal of all. It might look like the same bungalow from the outside, but what a transformation! A stunning interpretation of the virtual designs has translated into an extraordinary home.

59 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    Kato, Kato

    Celebrate Life (Original Mix) (feat. Jeremy Carr, Jeremy Carr)

  • 00:04

    alt-J

    Left Hand Free

  • 00:08

    Years & Years

    Eyes Shut

  • 00:18

    Ellie Goulding

    Lights

  • 00:31

    Death in Vegas

    Flying

  • 00:35

    Rae Morris

    Dancing With Character

  • 00:43

    James Arthur

    Safe Inside

  • 00:45

    Hilltop Hoods

    03 - Higher (Feat. James Chatburn)

  • 00:48

    Ellie Goulding

    This Blood

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Angela Scanlon
Expert Laura Clark
Expert Robert Jamison
Series Producer Sarah Knight
Series Producer Zoe Page
Executive Producer Kitty Walshe
Executive Producer Joff Wilson

Broadcasts

  • Tue 30 Apr 2019 20:00
  • Sat 4 May 2019 18:30
  • Wed 15 May 2019 01:15

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