In Cornwall, former skydivers Leigh and Richard fall head over heels in love with a listed but derelict 17th century flour mill. Empty for 60 years, full of rotten timbers, riddled with structural cracks and strewn with rusty machinery and millstones, the risk takers decide this is the unlikely place they want to make home. Taking a huge leap of faith, they put their business on hold and sell their house to move 250 miles to live in a caravan on site. With no experience of building or restoration, and only £250k to play with, Richard and Leigh’s highly ambitious plan is to faithfully restore the outside and retain as much of the history and magic inside as possible - while also creating a warm, contemporary, four floor, three bedroom home. It’s an almighty balancing act to pull off, especially in the 12 months they’ve given themselves.
Faithfully employing traditional craftsmen to start work on restoring the exterior, it’s not long before the true scale of the damage to the walls, structure and roof is revealed. As money pours out, Richard and Leigh are forced to do more and more work themselves – including almost all the interiors. Exhausted, alone and with a pandemic to contend with, as the months go by the battle to finish the mill becomes all consuming.
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