A couple who called their gifted home ‘a monstrosity’ that brings them ‘dreadful shame’ were branded ‘ungrateful’ last night by furious Ugly House to Lovely House viewers.
Steve and Celine, of Claverdon, Warwickshire, inherited the 1960s family home 18 months ago from a family friend but admitted they found the property ’embarrassing’ as it was the ‘shabbiest on the street’.
They enlisted the help of George Clark and his team to bring the A-line building up to date, with a hefty £150,000 set aside to spend on the job.
But by adhering to the designs of architect Graeme Williamson, they ended up going a staggering £200,000 over budget, leaving viewers agog.
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Steve and Celine, of Claverdon, Warwickshire, were branded ungrateful after calling the home they were gifted a ‘monstrosity’
The couple said they had a £150,000 budget to spend on bringing the 1960s A-line home up-to-date
Full-time mum-of-three Celine said the house had sentimental value as she grew up two doors down and spent much of her childhood visiting their family friend Sheila.
But having inherited it, she admitted she felt a ‘sense of dreadful shame’ every time she stood outside it and looked at its knackered paintwork and rotting timber.
She told George: ‘It’s a monstrosity – it doesn’t look very pretty.’
Her remarks didn’t go down well with viewers, with one tweeting: ‘Tonight on #UglyHouse Family given free house, and they’re ungrateful gits.’
Full-time mum-of-three Celine said the house had sentimental value but admitted she felt a ‘sense of dreadful shame’ every time she stood outside it and looked at its knackered paintwork and rotting timber
The couple clashed with architect Graeme Williamson as they weren’t sure about his ideas for the kitchen and the exterior of the house
Graeme suggested cladding the home all in one material, which didn’t go down well with Celine
George Clark warned he thought the project could go way over budget as it was a ‘big job’
Another remarked: ‘Right I am 10 mins in #UglyHouse and it is p****** me off! “Oh I hate my gifted house, it’s ugly” Gifted!!!!! Maybe, just maybe do more than take a door off before you get a TV show in, ya snob!’
And one wrote: ‘Oh so you don’t like the house you’ve inherited? Ya boo sucks to be you doesn’t it.’
Celine’s husband Steve, a financial operations manager, said they were keen to find an innovative way to bring the house bang up to date.
Many took to Twitter to suggest they should have sold the house and bought a new one for the amount of money they spent on it.
The old wooden staircase was transformed into a modern, chic stairwell with floor-to-ceiling timber
People weren’t impressed with Celine and Steve’s attitude towards their gifted home
George admitted the home was an ‘acquired taste’ and conceded the kitchen was ‘inefficient’, with a door in the way of a fridge and all the original units.
He employed architect Graeme, a specialist in contemporary design, to overhaul the property.
But he clashed with Celine, who wasn’t convinced by his kitchen layout suggestion or his idea to clad the entire property in the same material.
She told him: I”m going to end up with a kitchen I don’t want, I don’t want a L-shaped or U-shaped kitchen, I like the practicality of a galley kitchen.’
In the end the couple settled on a long kitchen island which ran the entire way down the middle of the room
In the end they settled on a long kitchen island which down the centre of the room with floor-to-ceiling cupboards across the back.
Celine said it was different to what they had envisaged when they started, quipping she ‘had no choice’ but to go along with what the architect put forward.
Thankfully she and Steve were delighted with the finished result, even though the renovations took them £200,000 over budget.
Steve said: ‘We’ve still got a few invoices to come in, but we’re around £350,000 now,’ adding that the final product was ‘definitely’ worth the extra spend.
The property did look stunning in the end, and both Celine and Steve said they were delighted with the result
The neighbours also said they were happy the tired old house was given a makeover
‘Because I inherited it, we’re in a better situation than if we’d had to buy the house as well,’ Celine said.
Several viewers criticised George and the format of the show for allowing the project to go so over budget as a result of the architect’s plans.
One tweeted: ‘Once again, George excuses his architect mate for leading the client down a road that inevitably leads to a massive overspend. It seems to me that if budget is a concern, never go to an architect.’
Another commented: ‘I’d love to see what the architects can do on #UglyHouse whilst actually sticking to a clients’ budget,’ and one joked: ‘The best thing about watching each series of #UglyHouse is that I now have a list of architects to avoid who have no concept of the word budget.’
Many couldn’t believe how casual Steve and Celine seemed about the fact they’d drastically overspent, with one remarking: ‘I love how they casually double the budget. Cause who hasn’t got a spare £150k lying around?’
Many couldn’t believe how casual the couple were about how far over budget they went