Your Home Made Perfect viewers are divided over £40,000 makeover of family’s two-bedroom terrace home with critics saying it looks ‘soulless’

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  • Your Home Made Perfect returned to South London last night with mother and sons Jacqueline and Jamie
  • She wanted to renovate a two-bedroom terraced house and had £47,000 to spend on construction
  • Viewers delighted to see an ‘ordinary’ family in a ‘realistic’ budget show
  • But some questioned architect Lizzie Fahr’s design, saying it looked ‘extremely’ and lacked ‘character’.

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On last night’s episode of Your Home Made Perfect viewers were divided on the renovation of a two-bedroom home.

Administrative Officer Jacqueline and her 22-year-old son Jamie, an apprentice in decorative plastering, appeared on the show as they wanted a £40,000 makeover of their terrace home in south London.

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After looking at two possible designs on virtual reality headsets, Jacqueline and Jamie opted for a design by award-winning architect Lizzie Fahr, who wanted to split the downstairs into two separate social spaces for the family.

She moved the bathroom down the stairs from the back of the house and replaced it with an extension housing a light-filled kitchen. Lizzie’s revamp also gave mother and son a much-anticipated entrance.

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The finished results left audiences divided, with some saying it was ‘beautiful’. However others said the design was ‘arbitrary’ and lacked ‘character’.

Living Room First: Administrative Officer Jacqueline and her 22-year-old son Jamie, an apprentice in decorative plastering, appeared on the show as they wanted to give new life to their terrace home in south London for £47,000.  The downstairs was dominated by a single reception room, described by host Angela Scanlon as a 'do everything room'.

Living Room First: Administrative Officer Jacqueline and her 22-year-old son Jamie, an apprentice in decorative plastering, appeared on the show as they wanted to give new life to their terrace home in south London for £47,000. The downstairs was dominated by a single reception room, described by host Angela Scanlon as a ‘do everything room’.

After the Living Room: After looking at two possible designs on virtual reality headsets, Jacqueline and Jamie opted for a design by award-winning architect Lizzie Fahr that wanted to split the downstairs into two separate social spaces for the family .

After the Living Room: After looking at two possible designs on virtual reality headsets, Jacqueline and Jamie opted for a design by award-winning architect Lizzie Fahr that wanted to split the downstairs into two separate social spaces for the family .

Before the kitchen: The reception room had a cramped kitchen, which led to a bathroom at the back of the house.  It was 'standing room only' and Jacqueline struggled with lack of storage and cooking space

Before the kitchen: The reception room had a cramped kitchen, which led to a bathroom at the back of the house. It was ‘standing room only’ and Jacqueline struggled with lack of storage and cooking space

Kitchen After: After looking at competing designs, Jacqueline and Jamie opted to commission Lizzie.  They were specially taken from her idea for a large kitchen with combined wall and skylight (pictured)

Kitchen After: After looking at competing designs, Jacqueline and Jamie opted to commission Lizzie. They were specially taken from her idea for a large kitchen with combined wall and skylight (pictured)

Important Memories: Jacqueline, who also has a daughter, told that she grew up in the area and bought the property with her late husband Alex about 30 years ago.  Pictured outside terraced property in south London

Important Memories: Jacqueline, who also has a daughter, told that she grew up in the area and bought the property with her late husband Alex about 30 years ago. Pictured outside terraced property in south London

Growing up: Jamie with his mother Jacqueline.  Living with an adult son posed a challenge for Jacqueline as they both wanted more privacy, especially when entertaining.  He Turned To Your Home Made Perfect For Help

Growing up: Jamie with his mother Jacqueline. Living with an adult son posed a challenge for Jacqueline as they both wanted more privacy, especially when entertaining. He Turned To Your Home Made Perfect For Help

Torn: The finished results left audiences divided, with some saying it was 'beautiful'.  However others said the design was 'arbitrary' and lacked 'character'.  Others noted that it was refreshing to see an 'ordinary' family on a home makeover show.

Torn: The finished results left audiences divided, with some saying it was ‘beautiful’. However others said the design was ‘arbitrary’ and lacked ‘character’. Others noted that it was refreshing to see an ‘ordinary’ family on a home makeover show.

Jacqueline, who also has a daughter, said she grew up in the area and had bought the property with her late husband Alex about 30 years ago.

She inquired about doing ‘cosmetic’ work on the property once their children were older, but around the same time, Alex was diagnosed with cancer.

Now, three years after her husband’s death, Jacqueline wanted to finish the project they hoped to start together.

Living with their adult son presented a challenge as they both wanted more privacy, especially when entertaining.

Jamie said, ‘I know I’ve grown the house, it mainly gets you down more than anything else. He continued: ‘There just isn’t enough privacy for both of us. If I come into the house knowing that the mother has friends, I will have to go upstairs like a naughty child.’

The downstairs was dominated by a single reception room, described by host Angela Scanlon as a ‘do everything room’. It was here that mother and son ate food, listened to music and watched TV.

Living room first: Mother and son used single reception room, pictured, to eat, listen to music, and watch TV

Living room first: Mother and son used single reception room, pictured, to eat, listen to music, and watch TV

After the living room: Lizzie divided the space into separate 'zones' and tucked the main resting space in the back (pictured)

After the living room: Lizzie divided the space into separate ‘zones’ and tucked the main resting space in the back (pictured)

First Bathroom: The reception room had a cramped kitchen, which led to a bathroom at the back of the house

Bathroom before: The reception room had a cramped kitchen, which led to a bathroom at the back of the house

After the bathroom: Lizzie moved the bathroom to the area under the stairs, freeing up the back of the house for the kitchen

After the bathroom: Lizzie moved the bathroom to the area under the stairs, freeing up the back of the house for the kitchen

The reception room had a cramped kitchen, which led to a bathroom at the back of the house.

Ahead of the renovation, Jacqueline admitted: ‘I…

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