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Life in Ruins



Many old historic buildings lie forgotten and neglected in the countryside, tangled up by red tape and development restrictions, or just slowly mouldering into decay on the landscape.

Filmed over two years, Life in Ruins watches as seven of these wonderful old buildings – from Georgian mansions to colonial pug and pine huts – are transformed by people committed to the daunting task of restoring heritage ruins. Through spiralling budgets, confusing bureaucracy, the stresses and strains of living and working in old structures, none of these projects is an easy ride.

Host, international interior designer and stylist, Sibella Court, follows the process, showcasing the lives of these people as they strive to restore their heritage buildings to homes that can be lived in. Through her eyes we gain an insight into the heritage skills required to both restore the houses and retain the heritage features.

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