Series 1 - Episode 3: Eastbourne

Sian, Ben, Stacey and Jacob

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Sian and the team visit Eastbourne in Sussex, where Stacey and Ben are raising their toddler on a building site. Stacey and her DIY enthusiast husband, Ben, moved into their home in December 2011 with baby Jacob. They had successfully decorated properties before, so this time Ben decided it was time to step up a gear and completely renovate the house. He started by removing the chimney stack, then knocked down a wall between the living room and kitchen. He then laid into the bathroom, leaving it open to the elements. He finished the job by ripping out all the carpets, leaving bare floorboards throughout the house.

Stacey cannot let Jacob out of her sight. She has to watch him constantly as he is often falling on the floor, picking up tools or catching his socks on nails. The two of them spend most of their day wandering the streets of Eastbourne or finding friends to have coffee with rather than be at home. With another baby on the way there is even more of a rush to make the family home habitable.

The couple have already sunk £30,000 into the house but the estate agent has valued it at £315,000 – £50,000 less than its potential. Ben and Stacey hand over their keys and Sian and her team of builders, led by project manager Nick Edwards, get cracking. But Sian and Nick disagree about the amount of work that can be achieved within the time frame and budget. The pressure takes its toll on their already fragile working relationship...

Will all their efforts be worth while when Stacey and Ben see what they have done to their family home?

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  • Sian

    over 1 year ago

    Sian

    Hi Bill, Hi Bob, check out my blog at www.moregeous.com, it answers most questions and gives lots of info about the show but in answer to your Q's - there was an overall budget of £60k for the 4 houses to cover labour AND materials - not easy! And in terms of choosing Ben & Stacey, he's not a high flying banker as the description suggests but the show is more about DIYers and people taking on jobs themselves, rather than what they do for a living. We hope to do lots of deserving cases in the future! Sian x

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  • Sharon

    over 1 year ago

    Sharon

    Wallpaper - Prestigious Textiles - Art and Soul collection - is in the supplier list for the programme

  • priscilla davies north wales

    over 1 year ago

    priscilla davies north wales

    where can i buy the peacock wallpaper?

  • angie

    over 1 year ago

    angie

    Series 1 episode 3, eastbourne, where can I buy the beautiful peacock wallpaper?

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  • Sian

    over 1 year ago

    Sian

    Hi Joseph, thank for watching and for your comments. It's very hard in two weeks to plan a house, including electrics, plumbing & layouts, plus design the kitchen (not just 'choose' it), spec tiles, flooring, worktops & finishing products, plus paint & wallpaper, as well as present the show. I'd love to do more but there are only so many hours in each day unfortunately. I have run a specialist building company & do classify myself as a lady builder :) x

  • Victoria

    over 1 year ago

    Victoria

    Wallpaper is by prestigious textiles. £171 a roll. Try kingdom interiors.

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  • Joseph

    over 1 year ago

    Joseph

    Being a builder surely constitutes building things, walls of mass, structural components, fenestrations... Not really choosing kitchens and wallpaper when wearing building pants. Please stop introducing Sian as a builder, Mrs Astley is clearly a Designer or Developer who refreshingly likes to get stuck in with her team of Builders. Another refreshing note is the inclusion of a dedicated project manager on the small-scale house projects they deal with. This is the infamous grey area in construction, if you want to save money in the long run, bring the job in on time and keep your sanity, delegate and pay good money for a project manager (even if this is the main contractor) 9 out of 10 clients fail to do this. Plus I'd probably add 10% to the figures as a slice of reality, we can't all get away with the 'it's for a good cause' with suppliers

  • D Johnstone

    over 1 year ago

    D Johnstone

    Thought I'd give this show another try, still a waste of air time and that woman is an even bigger nightmare than I remember. Why anyone puts up with her petulant, childish, foot stomping when she doesn't get her way is anyones guess. Argumentative and confrontational are the only things I would probably get away with putting. Why, channel 5, did you think she would be a good presenter ? Embarrasing twaddle of a programme.

  • andrew hinchliff

    over 1 year ago

    andrew hinchliff

    where is the peacock wallpaper from ??????

  • Margery Holden

    over 1 year ago

    Margery Holden

    Totally agree with every word Tim Taylor has put. I am lost for words, genuine families i dont think so. I am also an Eastbourne resident.

  • foxpoo

    over 1 year ago

    foxpoo

    tim taylor rules!!

  • Sophie

    over 1 year ago

    Sophie

    Does anyone know where the peacock wall paper used in the dining room of this house? In love!!! Xx

  • jac web

    over 1 year ago

    jac web

    want to find peacock wallpaper help

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  • Matt

    over 1 year ago

    Matt

    Why do any of these men continue to work with this woman? She stomps around like a child and painfully flirts with them when she wants something. She reminds me of Lowri Turner. Yuk.

  • Tim Taylor

    over 1 year ago

    Tim Taylor

    Genuine families???? This couple don't look like they actually needed help, more that they put themselves in a position of wanting help. Genuine families are those with terminally ill or disabled people who need their homes adapting to make their lives better, not DIY wannabes who get themselves into trouble doing something they have no skill in doing! I live in Eastbourne, and if that house is worth £300k+, then it's in an affluent area and those people don't need help! Disgusting!

  • Tina and Useless hubby

    over 1 year ago

    Tina and Useless hubby

    This show is awesome! I really love the fact its set out to help genuine families! Keep up the awesome work- Sian is brilliant!!xx

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