Episode 44 - Jarrow

Today building consultant John Russell, interiors expert Alison Cork and designer Edward Robinson are in Jarrow, Tyneside facing an unusual challenge.

Watch 11:10 Wednesday30 Sep 2015 on Channel 5

The McIntosh family are dad Vin, mum Nicola, nine year-old Harvey and seven year-old Hannah. They bought their house as a do-er upper seven years ago, planning to transform it into the perfect family home, with a new extension, new kitchen and bathroom and new carpets and décor throughout. But a change in financial circumstances cut their budget in half and put paid to their extension plans. Dad Vin did his best but is a self-confessed DIY dud, leaving the kitchen with doors hanging off and wonky kickboards. Nicola’s decision to save money by not tiling the whole bathroom has led to peeling paint and damp walls. And no sooner had the carpets gone down than Harvey was rushed to hospital with serious breathing problems, which were eventually diagnosed as a severe dust mite allergy. Carpets, curtains and soft furnishings all had to be ripped out and replaced to keep dust to a minimum.


Alison and Ed are tasked with creating an awesome but allergen-free bedroom for Harvey. But with no furnishings or fabrics allowed, they’re facing their biggest décor dilemma yet. Meanwhile John and builder Martin Gonzalez need to fix and finish some of Vin’s bodges and they’re determined to turn him from DIY zero to DIY hero in the process.

Thanks to Our Suppliers

In Episode 44 - Jarrow 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.

Radford Construction Services

Building Services supplied by Radford Construction Services Ltd, 01913700943/07989973345,


Edward Robinson ID Ltd

 Interior Design by Edward Robinson ID Ltd


Dean Taylor

 Painting and decorating provided by Dean Taylor

deananthonytaylor@hotmail.co.uk  07841 622484 / 0113 259 0376


These Please

Red and white drawer knobs supplied by These Please, 01435 817153

Sunderland FC

2x tickets to a preseason game kindly donated by Sunderland FC



Whitehot paint colour supplied by Valspar, Contact your local B&Q for a choice on the Valspar paints available. 


Tile Giant

2x Grout pens kindly supplied by Tile Giant, 01782 59 77 77, customerservice@tilegiant.co.uk



Carpet and flooring protection kindly supplied by Packexe;

01392 438191 sales@packexe.co.uk


Hippo Bag

Hippo Skip provided by Hippo bag, 0345 ‌ 850 0 850, 


 Store visit, bedding and accessories all kindly donated by Ikea, 020 3645 0000 (Gateshead Store) 

Great North Children’s Hospital


Dr Louise Michaelis

Consultant and Associate Lecturer in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology

Great North Children’s Hospital






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