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Brand New House On a Budget

Season 1
A talented interior designer is challenged to do a huge home makeover on the tiniest budget, using clever styling tricks, bargain hunting and upcycling to transform drab houses into beautiful family homes.
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  1. 1. The Roach Family
    May 5, 2014
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    In the Roach's home, a house full of DIY disaster, interior designer Linda Barker steps up to the plate to rescue the homeowners.
  2. 2. The Sawkins
    May 5, 2014
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    Interior designer Linda Barker revamps a three-bedroom north London house into a stylish setting for a single mom and her son.
  3. 3. The Clegg Family
    May 5, 2014
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    The Clegg's home is filled with dull decor and outdated designs. How can Linda spruce it up?

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Loki's GirlReviewed in the United States on June 4, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Magazine Homes On A Budget
Why doesn't this show have more episodes? It deserves whole SEASONS! I feel like this is the first time I've actually learned anything from an interior design show. We need more shows like this for people like me with a tight budget. So inspiring.
54 people found this helpful
Enterprising ReaderReviewed in the United States on May 4, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
It's not supposed to be funny, but...
This was entertaining and I wished I had seen more of the actual structural work done by Phillipa and Paul aka Pooch. I love random British TV and home makeovers, but some of the ideas here were unintentionally humorous. (Spoiler alert) Plastic spoons glued to a plastic bowl for a lampshade, trim ripped off an old lampshade to be glued to a different old lampshade, silver tape stuck to the wall, jeans cut up to make bean bag pillows and furniture covers, and large letters with Christmas faery lights stuck to them (to evoke the style of neon lights) with the excess just dropped on the floor were the parts that made me laugh. The rotting doors that were supposed to be a headboard were an admitted disaster. I did cringe when the "dated 1980s kitchen" hard wood cabinet doors were taken off and replaced with manufactured fiber board. I would prefer the dated 1980s quality kitchen. As always the rooms were left mostly empty because uncluttered minimalist design looks better on film or in photographs, but I always wonder what the rooms look like when the home owners bring all their belongs in and actually start living there again. I did appreciate the actual necessary work that was done to the structures. The show tried to be honest and keep to a realistic budget and Linda is a lovely TV personality, so I do recommend this series of three episodes if you like these sorts of shows. They are good fun. I hope not to hear the word "upcycle" again soon, though.
15 people found this helpful
Son of JackReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic, unique design ideas and inexpensive implementations
Fantastic, unique design ideas and inexpensive implementations. I like that they are not afraid of bold colors. I love the fact that real budgets are adhered to from hardworking home owners. We're all in this together, having champagne tastes and coca-cola budgets! I learned quite a bit of shocking approaches I was surprised by, like dark walls not making the room smaller. Also, will try repurposing and refurbishing what I already have. This show has me looking around at my own things... now all I need is Linda! We want more shows, please!!
21 people found this helpful
It's all in the feetReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best! This is what a home design/makeover show should be. Five stars!
I'm a compulsive watcher of DIY-ish home/design shows, and this is one of the best. More episodes please! They keep the silly, time-wasting antics to a minimum, so you get a lot of good, solid info per episode. The host is natural and likable - no phony baloney over-acting, over-staging here. You see where the money goes, where the problem areas are, where money can be saved. We need more shows like this! A lot of home makeover shows keep the behind-the-scenes problems hidden, etc. This show seems honest and practical to me, and that's what I need more of. Thank you! This has inspired me to tackle projects that previously intimidated me. I feel more confidant now, and ready to take on some projects.
8 people found this helpful
Irish4TWReviewed in the United States on August 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Designer is both talented and committed
I have done a lot of interior and exterior finish work and know how very challenging some of these jobs can be. There's no doubt in my mind that they are doing the work for the amounts and frames of time stated, and the outcomes are in wonderful, in some cases spectacular.

I think the most impressive remodel was the 3rd episode for season 1, the Clegg Family. First, I have to say that I was kind of floored that the mother in this family was nervous the end result would take longer than a week and not be to her taste, considering the state of the bathroom, the work they took on for the kitchen, and the monster of a wardrobe in the bedroom. It was all such a disaster, anything would have been an improvement, to taste or not. You could actually say that about all three living spaces. Truly daunting projects.

The designer has the ability to look at these messes on top of messes and create a vision, but the really amazing part is the drive she brings to meeting the challenge of both time and cost, even when the scope seems to do nothing but escalate. As someone who has a tendency to get out the charge card, it was an education to watch.
7 people found this helpful
cookie monsterReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Exciting, budget focused, modern, easily one of the best design shows!
Very interesting show. Better designs than most of the design shows. Homes transformed to be more functional and "modern". There are always design ideas that I don't agree with, but the designing that happens on this show is overall A+. IT makes the spaces feel and look much more usable. The designer usually makes a little mistake - which would happen to anyone, but she usually fixes it and even if she doesn't (spoon light shade, episode 3) the overall outcome is always fantastic! Designer has a fun personality which helps make the show interesting. Show does not lag or drag on. Even with the exciting pace, they take time to show you how some of the DIY is done. It's astounding what she can do to a whole house with only $5,000 and a small group of workers, only a couple of whom are professionals. I'd love for the designer to come to my home next!
8 people found this helpful
Loving2Travel2Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
umm.... nope (sorry)
wow these home owners are inept to the max (I have never seen such a thing in any home remodel show). people (Still surprised, why does it take a stranger to tell you maybe you should go and buy that missing shower head you desperately wish you had to get it yourself, no brainer). Sorry for being mean, but talk about whiny home owners who are exceptionally (unnecessarily) picky and incompetent (not to mention, if you have a problem with the remodel recommendations, then you shouldn't be on the show, go get things done yourself and stop complaining). My husband and I watched all 3 episodes hoping it'll get better, but nope (if there were more episodes, we'd throw in the towel and watch something else).
One person found this helpful
Christine CoxonReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
I loved seeing a DIY program where people have limited budgets
I loved seeing a DIY program where people have limited budgets, like most of us do. I hope there will be more episodes. I would love to recommend it to my fellow renovators.
15 people found this helpful
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