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Cath and Rob/Karen and David

Piers Taylor and Cheryl Pilliner-Reeves hunt for micro-budget ways to improve homes. Cath, Rob and their children have outgrown their house in Warwick.

Piers Taylor and Cheryl Pilliner-Reeves hunt for ingenious micro-budget solutions to radically improve two homes that fall short of their owners' needs.

Cath and Rob and their three children have outgrown their ex-council house in Warwick. Their chaotic ground floor is a series of dark and miserable rooms, while upstairs they have three cramped bedrooms. Unable to move, they are planning a typical two-storey extension. Piers's suggestion is to ditch their ambitious extension and instead build a simpler one. To maximise space, he designs clever storage which is joined to a bench-seat. Piers suggests using materials that are just £11 per square metre, but can they also find a low-cost solution for their floor? Cath and Rob are desperate to give their home a total facelift. Piers designs an eye-popping multi-coloured porch that would normally cost thousands - can they really get the materials for free?

Karen and David are desperate to fall in love with their home in Ipswich, but it's hard. Karen loves baking but her kitchen is so small she makes cakes in the cellar, and meanwhile David wants a space he can work from home in. Like many Victorian terraces, theirs is an awkward mix of levels and corridors - Cheryl's biggest challenge will be finding a way to connect it all for just £10k. Piers takes them to see a stunning home that flows across different levels, but the challenge then falls to Cheryl to create two bespoke staircases for just £600! Karen and David are total novices but are soon carrying out major building work. As their budget runs dry, they must get creative - will Karen really get her dream kitchen for just a few hundred pounds?

59 minutes

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:02

    Jack Savoretti


  • 00:04

    Eric Prydz vs CHVRCHES


  • 00:06



  • 00:07

    Hilltop Hoods

    Higher (feat. James Chatburn)

  • 00:22

    Raleigh Ritchie

    Stronger Than Ever

  • 00:25

    Rachel Platten

    Stand By You

  • 00:27

    Imagine Dragons


  • 00:28

    Jarryd James

    Do You Remember

  • 00:28

    Olly Murs

    Us Against the World

  • 00:28

    Olly Murs

    Us Against the World

  • 00:41


    One Last Night

  • 00:42



  • 00:47

    Aqualung & Luke Sital-Singh

    Be Beautiful

  • 00:09


    Your Soul

  • 00:09

    Izzy Bizu

    White Tiger

  • 00:11


    Dead Inside

  • 00:13

    Laura Welsh

    Break The Fall

  • 00:13

    Laura Welsh

    Break The Fall

  • 00:15

    Nothing But Thieves


  • 00:20

    DJ Snake & AlunaGeorge

    You Know You Like It

  • 00:21


    White Light

  • 00:51


    Better Love

  • 00:52

    Raleigh Ritchie

    Never Better

  • 00:53

    Jess Glynne

    Ain't Got Far To Go

  • 00:54


    To the River

  • 00:57

    Fickle Friends

    Say No More

  • 00:56


    Small Talk


Role Contributor
Presenter Piers Taylor
Participant Cheryl Pilliner-Reeves
Executive Producer Joff Wilson
Series Editor Harriet Scott
Series Producer Debb Swindells
Production Company Remarkable Television


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