George Clarke unveils incredible transformation of ramshackle stable

Pensioner spends £170,000 transforming a ramshackle 120-year-old stable into a ‘uniquehome on George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations complete with horse stall TOILETSand viewers give him ‘top marks

  • Retired solicitor Bernie, 70, 来自布里斯托尔, featured on last night’s George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations
  • Pensioner bought a dilapidated building in Hessle, five miles north of Hull, 在四月份 2019 for £125,000
  • He had an initial budget for the project of £150,000 and a proposed time-frame of just seven months
  • An ‘eclecticpensioner who bought a 120-year-old ramshackle stable was given ‘top marksby viewers after transforming the property into a ‘uniquebut ‘beautifulretirement homeusing almost entirely reclaimed and salvaged materials.

    Retired solicitor Berniedescribed as ‘eclecticby his daughter – 来自布里斯托尔, featured on last night’s episode of Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations where he was seen giving his property a makeover.

    The 70-year-old bought the dilapidated building in Hessle, five miles north of Hull, 在四月份 2019 for £125,000, with an initial £150,000 budget for the project and a proposed time-frame of just seven months.

    But a string of misfortunesincluding unforeseen reinforcement needed for the roof as well as the Covid pandemicmeant Bernie’s dream home project hit delays and took up extra cash, pushing the final building budget to £170,000 after taking two-and-a-half years.

    Retired solicitor Bernie (左图) - described as 'eclectic by his daughter' - 来自布里斯托尔, featured on last night's episode of Channel 4's George Clarke's Remarkable Renovations as he gave his property a makeover

    Retired solicitor Bernie (左图) – described as ‘eclectic by his daughter’ – 来自布里斯托尔, featured on last night’s episode of Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Remarkable Renovations as he gave his property a makeover

    He bought the dilapidated building (图为) in Hessle, five miles north of Hull, 在四月份 2019 for £125,000, with an initial budget for the project of £150,000 and a proposed time-frame of just seven months

    He bought the dilapidated building (图为) in Hessle, five miles north of Hull, 在四月份 2019 for £125,000, with an initial budget for the project of £150,000 and a proposed time-frame of just seven months

    But a string of misfortunes - including unforeseen reinforcement needed for the roof as well as the Covid pandemic - meant 70-year-old Bernie's dream home (图为) project hit delays

    But a string of misfortunesincluding unforeseen reinforcement needed for the roof as well as the Covid pandemicmeant 70-year-old Bernie’s dream home (图为) project hit delays

    The build (图为) also took up extra cash, pushing the final building budget to £170,000 after taking two-and-a-half years

    The build (图为) also took up extra cash, pushing the final building budget to £170,000 after taking two-and-a-half years

    Complicating the already major renovations was the fact that Bernie lived around 200-miles away from Hessle in Bristol. 图为, the bedroom afterwards

    Complicating the already major renovations was the fact that Bernie lived around 200-miles away from Hessle in Bristol. 图为, the bedroom afterwards

    Complicating the already major renovations was the fact that Bernie lived around 200-miles away from Hessle in Bristol. Son-in-law Andrew acted as project manager. And in addition, Bernie split from his partner Jennia therapist and healerduring the project.

    最终, the building work took around two-and-a-half years to complete as Bernie refused to budge from his vision of upcycling old materialsincluding Edwardian toilets and cisterns in the horse stallsinstead of using all new items to complete the lengthy renovations.

    The stables, which were built at the turn of the 20th century to serve Thorncliffea large villa owned by a local wealthy fruit importerwere in a ramshackle state and earmarked for demolition after being left to rack and ruin for over half a decade.

    But Bernie persuaded the villa’s owner to sell him the property. 他说: ‘When we spoke and I saidI just love it as it is, I don’t even want to extend it, I want to keep it as it is”, I think that made it possible.

    Son-in-law Andrew acted as project manager. And in addition, Bernie split from his partner Jenni - a therapist and healer - during the renovation. 图为, the stables

    Son-in-law Andrew acted as project manager. And in addition, Bernie split from his partner Jennia therapist and healerduring the renovation. 图为, the stables

    The stables, which were built at the turn of the 20th century to serve Thorncliffe - a large villa owned by a local wealthy fruit importer - were in a ramshackle state and earmarked for demolition after being left to rack and ruin for over half a decade (图为)

    The stables, which were built at the turn of the 20th century to serve Thorncliffea large villa owned by a local wealthy fruit importerwere in a ramshackle state and earmarked for demolition after being left to rack and ruin for over half a decade (图为)

    But Bernie persuaded the villa's owner to sell him the property (图为). 他说: 'When we spoke and I said "I just love it as it is, I don't even want to extend it, I want to keep it as it is", I think that made it possible.'

    But Bernie persuaded the villa’s owner to sell him the property (图为). 他说: ‘When we spoke and I saidI just love it as it is, I don’t even want to extend it, I want to keep it as it is”, I think that made it possible.

    His daughter Jess and her family also have a home in the original grounds of Thorncliffe House, which tempted Bernie away from his Bristol home so he could be closer to his family.

    After his first visit to the site, presenter George Clarke said: ‘It’s fantastic, all in its original position, you’ve got all the little details and features everywhere, it’s a brilliant space, it really is.

    The two-storey stable had a basic structurethe ground floor featured two large spaces with a room inbetween, and the top floor was one large room.

    Bernie converted the ground floor into a living area and kitchen, and the master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. He turned it into three rooms – 因此客人可以向外眺望犹他州的美丽景色, a shower room, and the living room.

    His daughter Jess and her family also have a home in the original grounds of Thorncliffe House, which tempted Bernie away from his Bristol home so he could be closer to his family. 图为, the living room following the makeover

    His daughter Jess and her family also have a home in the original grounds of Thorncliffe House, which tempted Bernie away from his Bristol home so he could be closer to his family. 图为, the living room following the makeover

    After his first visit to the site, presenter George Clarke said: 'It's fantastic, all in its original position, you've got all the little details and features everywhere, it's a brilliant space, it really is.' Pictured, the house once renovated

    After his first visit to the site, presenter George Clarke said: ‘It’s fantastic, all in its original position, you’ve got all the little details and features everywhere, it’s a brilliant space, it really is.’ 图为, the house once renovated

    The pensioner managed to find numerous salvaged materials - including Edwardian ceramics for the bathrooms - and York stone for the outer and inner flooring, which he traded for his 1954 Hillman Minx car. 图为, the house after the transformation

    The pensioner managed to find numerous salvaged materialsincluding Edwardian ceramics for the bathroomsand York stone for the outer and inner flooring, which he traded for his 1954 Hillman Minx car. 图为, the house after the transformation

    Speaking about the delay in finishing the property, 伯尼 说: 'It's much more important to get the building right so I can sit and enjoy it how it is than to say I must do something to a schedule. I don't want to be thinking "I wish I'd done that," I'm just going to stick to my guns.' Pictured, the dining room following the renovation

    Speaking about the delay in finishing the property, 伯尼 说: ‘It’s much more important to get the building right so I can sit and enjoy it how it is than to say I must do something to a schedule. I don’t want to be thinkingI wish I’d done that,” I’m just going to stick to my guns.’ 图为, the dining room following the renovation

    But along the way, he hit numerous hiccups. 十一月 2019, the direction of the building took a new turn when it emerged that the roof beamswhich Bernie was raising to make the ceiling of the top floor higherwere basically holding the whole structure together.

    This meant a steel frame had to be put in place to reinforce the building. Not only was this frustrating for purist Bernie, who wanted to stick to traditional materials like wood, it also added many months of additional work.

    By the time the initial target completion date of January 2020 rolled round, the stables were still a building site.

    Then the Covid pandemic hit, and the site ground came to a stand still, with project manager Andrew estimating that around 12-14 weeks worth of work were lost.

    然而, once works restarted, Bernie was able to get moving, though he was hit with further delays due to Covid.

    Bernie's ultimate goal was to be in by his 70th birthday in December 2021 - and he achieved that, beating his target by several months. 图为, the bedroom after the makeover

    Bernie’s ultimate goal was to be in by his 70th birthday in December 2021 – and he achieved that, beating his target by several months. 图为, the bedroom after the makeover

    When George came to visit the project after its completion, he was totally blown away by what Bernie had achieved - and by his innovative use of original materials

    When George came to visit the project after its completion, he was totally blown away by what Bernie had achievedand by his innovative use of original materials

    He managed to find numerous salvaged materialsincluding Edwardian ceramics for the bathroomsand York stone for the outer and inner flooring, which he traded for his 1954 Hillman Minx car.

    Speaking about the delay in finishing the property, 伯尼 说: ‘It’s much more important to get the building right so I can sit and enjoy it how it is than to say I must do something to a schedule. I don’t want to be thinkingI wish I’d done that,” I’m just going to stick to my guns.

    His ultimate goal was to be in by his 70th birthday in December 2021 – and he achieved that, beating his target by several months.

    When George came to visit the project after its completion, he was totally blown away by what Bernie had achievedand by his innovative use of original materials.

    值得注意的是, these included the original metal stable gates, which the pensioner kept in place, surrounding his bed.

    我和我 23 岁的侄女米莉一起去了,她在灯光熄灭时对我低声说她是“反 JK 罗琳”,并简要解释了原因, social media users had a positive reaction to the property transformation, with some praising Bernie for his approach to upcycling and maintaining the property’s original features

    我和我 23 岁的侄女米莉一起去了,她在灯光熄灭时对我低声说她是“反 JK 罗琳”,并简要解释了原因, social media users had a positive reaction to the property transformation, with some praising Bernie for his approach to upcycling and maintaining the property’s original features

    然而, some viewers couldn’t help but notice the unusual item on display in the bedroom - his grandfather’s ventriloquist dummy

    然而, some viewers couldn’t help but notice the unusual item on display in the bedroomhis grandfather’s ventriloquist dummy

    ‘This is one of the most unique bedrooms I’ve ever seen,’ said George. He also complimented the rest of the home, 说: ‘You couldn’t have done a better conversion and restoration job.

    Speaking about the house after moving in, 伯尼 说: ‘It actually has done what I wanted, and so often in life, you strive for things, but it doesn’t necessarily give you what you hope. This is peace. It gives me back far more than I have given it.

    我和我 23 岁的侄女米莉一起去了,她在灯光熄灭时对我低声说她是“反 JK 罗琳”,并简要解释了原因, social media users had a positive reaction to the property transformation, with some praising Bernie for his approach to upcycling and maintaining the property’s original features.

    一位观众说: ‘Bernie on the show is awesome! Doing things properly and not letting anyone tell him different. If you want real character, then that’s how you do it.’ Another added: ‘He’s done a lovely job. Top marks.

    然而, some viewers couldn’t help but notice the unusual item on display in the bedroomhis grandfather’s ventriloquist dummy.

    One Tweeter wrote: ‘Beautiful renovation the courtyard is gorgeous not sure about the bed in the stable bit and that dummy at the bottom of the bed is a thing of nightmares… #remarkablerenovations.’

    Another commentator agreed, 写作: ‘Loving what’s he’s done but not sure about the dolls at the end of the bed. They would freak me out #childsplay #chucky #remarkablerenovations.’