Beeny visits Northamptonshire village for prime-time TV show

Channel 4's Sarah Beeny
Channel 4's Sarah Beeny

Property guru Sarah Beeny was shown visiting a rural idyll near Irthlingborough to chart the progress of a controversial house conversion.

Her C4 programme Double Your House for Half the Money last night (Wednesday, October 1) showed Joe and Sarah Powell attempting a dramatic redesign of their bungalow in Church Walk, Little Addington.

The episode showed the eight-month project from start to finish, and featured locals who were less than happy with the build’s progression.

The house is overlooked by the Grade One listed 13th century St Mary The Virgin Church and is next to a public footpath. Joe and Sarah’s builders had worries of excavating so close to the ancient graveyard.

Sarah Beeny, whose show is about how to make money from extending your home, was shown giving advice to Joe and Sarah about changing the layout of the house to maximise its potential.

Joe, who grew up in the village, had originally wanted to make the entire ground floor into a ‘man-cave’ to house his home cinema.

But Beeny persuaded him to instead use it as a kitchen-diner.

She said: “This is probably the most radical new build to be allowed planning in this pretty village in the last decade.

“This drab 1960s bungalow was a bit of an eyesore but now it’s an eye-catching, ultra-modern home right in the heart of Little Addington.

“It was always in such a dominant position in the village, right next to the church and a public footpath that everyone walks down. It was always going to divide opinion.”

The build, originally budgeted at £75,000, cost £110,000 in the end and featured an unusual glass-box area alongside a balcony with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

Plans were originally submitted to East Northamptonshire Council in 2013 and attracted several objections from local people who were worried about the effect on their homes and on the outlook of the church.

At the end of the programme, local people were shown on camera voicing their approval and Beeny estimated the house was now worth about £475,000.

And Joe was hapy with his smaller man-cave through a secret door in the kitchen.