George Clarke’s Old House, New Home – our favourite makeovers from the first series

Plus, find out how you can take part in the show!

Who doesn't enjoy a bit of George Clarke? We love a man that can get emotional about a makeover. We couldn't get enough of his latest show, George Clarke's Old House, New Home – and if you couldn't either, you'll be delighted to hear that series two is in the works.

More on that later. But first, here are our favourite transformations from the first series.

Makeover heaven: Before and after: See how a narrow kitchen was transformed without an extension

A period cottage in Devon

living room with sofa set cushions and fireplace

(Image credit: Amazing Productions 2016)

This sweet Devon cottage had some very small, tired-looking rooms. Despite a very tight budget, George and his team managed to transform the place with bold colour and a mix of modern and traditional statement furniture.

living room with window seating and fireplace

(Image credit: Amazing Productions 2016 photography by Roy Riley)

It's our favourite makeover of the series, if only because there's nothing more satisfying than making the most of small spaces. Much of this room's success boils down to a clever use of paint. And by opening up the fireplace, removing the sofa and adding a window seat, extra room is created without compromising on character – or places to sit. Incidentally, is anyone else in love with that concave mirror?

Related: Before and after: Take a look around this bright and airy living room

A Victorian semi in Manchester

living room with floral wallpaper and fireplace

(Image credit: Amazing Productions 2016)

Layout problems were one of the key issues in this potentially spacious home. The kitchen – originally sandwiched between a living room and dining room – just wasn't working for the family, so George has created this amazing kitchen-diner at the front of the house.

kitchen with dining set and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Amazing Productions 2016 photography by Celia Topping)

There are so many ideas to steal from this room. We love the way the walls have been painted deep orange up to the level of the kitchen base units, introducing colour but not overwhelming the rest of the look. And how cute is that black period-style radiator?

kitchen with wooden dining set and white tiles

(Image credit: Amazing Productions 2016 photography by Celia Topping)

A 1930s Art Deco Bungalow in Newquay

bedroom with window and floral curtains

(Image credit: Amazing Productions 2016)

How do you turn a boxy bedroom with an ugly uPVC window into something special? Here's how!

bedroom with yellow curtains and bronze palm tree

(Image credit: Amazing Productions 2016 photography by Roy Riley)

You start with new window frames to set off that incredible view, and then you embrace the property's Art Deco style through its furniture. That bronze palm tree in the corner is quite incredible! And the rest of the house isn't too shabby either...

Related: Before and after: from a boring beige bedroom to a hotel-style scheme

living room with armchair and pink walls

(Image credit: Amazing Productions 2016 photography by Roy Riley)

Inspirational stuff, we think you'll agree. And if it's got you thinking about renovating your own home, perhaps you'd like to apply to take part in the next series of George's show? To get in touch with the team, email to be sent an application form, or visit for more info.

Who knows? Maybe we'll be featuring your home in our next round up.

Amy Cutmore

Amy Cutmore is an experienced interiors editor and writer, who has worked on titles including Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, GardeningEtc, Top Ten Reviews and Country Life. And she's a winner of the PPA's Digital Content Leader of the Year. A homes journalist for two decades, she has a strong background in technology and appliances, and has a small portfolio of rental properties, so can offer advice to renters and rentees, alike.