7:30pm – Sunday, February 19 on ABC1
Ever since he was a child, stonemason Adam Purchase has loved the old mine engine houses that characterise Cornwall’s landscape. When he and his partner Nicola Brennan chanced upon a dilapidated grade two listed engine house with planning permission to turn into a home, it was a dream come true.
But converting this important historic ruin into a place to live was never going to be easy. The building itself was little more than a shell, with crumbling plant-infested walls, no roof, windows or floors – a challenge for even the most experienced builders.
Meanwhile, Adam and Nicola have a small budget, which they both know is barely enough to get them through. Still, driven by their passion and romance for old buildings, Nicola agrees to support Adam while he takes a year off work to work on the project.
As Adam begins to painstakingly restore the building stone by stone, he soon finds himself in a race against time. As his 12 months schedule speeds by and the money drains away, Adam and Nicola rely on favours and sheer hard work to try to save this historic monument and transform it into a unique and beautiful home.