RTE viewers all have same complaint about ‘yawn fest’ 1800s mill renovation on The Great House Revival

RTE viewers had the same complaint about the “yawn fest” mill renovation on The Great House Revival.

Gym manager Kelly and barber Paddy were gifted a patch of land in the small town of Dunleer, Co Louth by Paddy’s parents.

The kitchen was almost completely white

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The kitchen was almost completely whiteCredit: Joe McCallion
The downstairs living area consisted of creams and white as well

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The downstairs living area consisted of creams and white as wellCredit: Joe McCallion

They plan a comfy newbuild, but hidden under a ball of ivy on site, they uncover a towering mill built in the 1830s.

It was missing every one of its 43 windows and most of its roof and floors, but these thirtysomethings saw beyond the ruination and set about converting it. 

The pair had a budget of €400,000 to save a house that was in ruins.

They faced the challenge of lockdowns, the threat of losing their mortgage, and camping out with their respective mammies during their first pregnancy and the birth of their daughter Caragh.

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The lockdown of 2021 took its toll on the new family as they struggled to see the end of the project.

Kelly was emotional as she said: “We’re not homeless but technically we are.

“We’re a small wee family now we’ve got Caragh. We’re just desperate to get this house finished.

“Just to have your own space like, you’re living at home. Our parents are great but it’s just taking its toll.

“You just feel like you’re never going to get finished.”

Paddy added: “It’s frustrating because we’re both living at home. My parents want me out. It’s not ideal.”

But the crisp, contemporary and comfy home they managed to create within the walls of a literal ruin made their struggles worthwhile. 

Viewers were disappointed with the lack of colour

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Viewers were disappointed with the lack of colourCredit: Joe McCallion
The downstairs bathroom was the only room where Kelly went bold with colour

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The downstairs bathroom was the only room where Kelly went bold with colourCredit: Joe McCallion

However viewers felt that the over use of bright white paint on the walls and ceilings left a lot to be desired.

Ian said: “#GreatHouseRevival apologies more like great house light grey ultra modern yawn fest, original interior features gone.”

Joanne added: “Those windows are awful #GreatHouseRevival. In fact, what a dull house. Why get gorgeous panelling and then paint it all cream? The only bright spot was that downstairs bathroom.”

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Leanne wrote: “It’s lovely but a shot of colour wouldn’t go amiss. #GreatHouseRevival.”

Patrick pointed out: “#GreatHouseRevival creams and whites like an Instagram page.”

The master bedroom

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The master bedroomCredit: Joe McCallion
There was also a splash of blue upstairs to contrast the white

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There was also a splash of blue upstairs to contrast the whiteCredit: Joe McCallion
However Kelly and Paddy managed to bring the 1800s mill back to life

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However Kelly and Paddy managed to bring the 1800s mill back to life
Kelly and Paddy had to replace over 40 windows

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Kelly and Paddy had to replace over 40 windowsCredit: Joe McCallion

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