Episode 1 - Ashtead

Melinda Messenger and Dan Lobb are in Ashtead in Surrey with the Dobson family, mum and dad Liz and Ian and their two children Phoebe and Fred.

Watch 11:10 Monday 27 Apr 2015 on Channel 5

They bought a rural idyll with grand plans for a big extension to accommodate their growing family but unfortunately the house exposed some horrible secrets. Disaster struck when they found out they couldn’t stay there due to structural issues and they had to leave their home.

 The stress of the build not to mention financial difficulties has taken its toll on the Dobson’s, so Melinda and Dan step in just in time.

And with the help of designer Edward Robinson and builder Gareth Hooson, the team manages to make some headway with the refurbishment of their Victorian cottage.


Having enlisted Liz’s help, Edward decides to follow a contemporary yet traditional path, but will Liz like it? And Melinda unleashes her inner lighting abilities and realizes there’s a lot more to lampshades than she knew! Plus Dan visits a seasoned property developer and architect – to find out why it’s so crucial to get a survey done when buying a property.


Thanks to Our Suppliers

In Episode 1 - Ashtead of Cowboy Builders and Bodge Jobs we worked with many generous, talented suppliers across the exterior and interior of the house build and refit. Click the link below and find out more about who helped us on this episode.

Hooson Development Limited

Garethhooson@hotmail.co.uk, Tel 07886 682 733 Hooson Developments


Edward Robinson ID Ltd

Interior Design by Edward Robinson ID Ltd 

Francesca Parratt

Decorating carried out by Francesca Parratt 07956 073 251


Baby safety equipment from Kiddicare Tel 0345 164 7000 


Carpet and flooring protection kindly supplied by Packexe 01392 438191 sales@packexe.co.uk 

Prestigious textiles

Walls covered in ‘Remix Porcelain’ wallpaper kindly supplied by Prestigious textiles, 01274 684448, 

Network Waste

Skips supplied by Network Waste Tel 0800 652 1109 

King of Cotton

King of Cotton, Banstead, Tel 020 8394 1112 

Starbridge Developments

James Groux of Starbridge Developments 0208653 9714 

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