Episode 11 Getting the Builders In


Episode 11

Three teams of builders compete to win jobs. On offer is a bathroom reconfiguration in Redhill, Surrey, and a dilapidated hallway in Bury, Greater Manchester.


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For us Brits, our home is our castle.

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-Wow!

-I know.

-Oh, my goodness!

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Amazing.

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Amazing!

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But keeping it how we want it...

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We've got the complete DIY manual.

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..takes a lot of work.

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-Have you been up that chimney?

-Human sweep, I am.

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And getting the builders in...

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What time do you call this?

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..can be a daunting task.

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To be fair, John, I think they built the Great Wall of China quicker.

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It's a work of art, that. Look. We've got a Banksy.

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Ugh!

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So we've asked tradesmen from all over the country...

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Still alive, I feel like a doctor.

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..to go up against each other.

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If you get it, you can give it to us, all right?

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Yeah, we'll sub it out, cos I want it painted.

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Each homeowner hears three quotes...

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£1,650.

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-Yeah...

-Need a stiff drink yet?

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-Get in!

-Get in.

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..before picking the best one for the job.

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Told you.

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But there's a sting in the tail for the winning builders,

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as their rivals get to watch them at work.

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-We haven't got a key.

-Uh-huh!

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Oh, I don't like the idea of this at all, no.

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-When the boys jump?

-Yeah...

-No.

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We're kicking off in the Victorian market town that sits on the foot

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of rolling hills.

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In an area that is just half an hour from London, where house prices

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are more than 1.5 times the national average.

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Where are we?

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We are down south in Redhill, Surrey.

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Who's on the hunt for builders there?

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This five-bed semi is home to Heidi and Ollie and their four girls.

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They moved in three years ago.

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We love the space and the sort of open plan

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of the back half of the house.

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We can sort of be in the den, kitchen and, you know,

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all the kids are about, which is lovely.

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Sounds great. So why on earth do Heidi and Ollie need builders?

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So, we've currently got two bathrooms -

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a small one in the loft, just been installed, which really leaves

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the five of us all in and out constantly of the main bathroom.

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It's a bit of a bun fight as to who gets in where first.

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It's a great-sized bathroom, and so we see the potential to put

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a partition wall up and carve out an en suite to our bedroom.

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It really would just be the final thing in this house that makes

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everything work. It would tick all of the boxes.

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So, how much cash have they got to splash on not one bathroom, but two?

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I think we said the budget was between...

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Six and seven would be ideal.

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Eight would be our sort of...

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-Upper tier.

-Upper tier.

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An extra bathroom can add value to your home.

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So, builders, how do we get it right?

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If you're looking at getting your bathroom done, make a note

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of where the existing pipes, the boiler, electrical wiring are,

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obviously before they move them or box them in.

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Relocating any of these afterwards would only add a significant amount

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to your costs of your build.

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If there isn't a window in the bathroom,

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it's probably a good idea to consider installing an extractor fan

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or condensation will quickly cause mould and damp problems.

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Today's rivals are all as keen as mustard to win the job.

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You're looking fresh this morning.

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-Thanks, mate. I had a little trim up.

-Shaved up.

-Shave up.

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Lovely, lovely.

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And they're full of the joys of spring.

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A bit of sun in the face. Is it vitamin D?

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-Vitamin D!

-Vitamin D!

-That's what we need.

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They all know they're bidding on not one, but two bathrooms.

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But it's their fresh ideas that'll set them apart.

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First to pitch, a clean-cut Wayne and Steph.

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Hello! Hello, hello.

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They'll need to dive right in to win this job.

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-Ah.

-Right, OK. It's not a small bathroom,

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-but to make this into two rooms...

-Yeah.

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..is going to be a challenge.

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Building buddies for two years,

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these two are quietly confident when it comes to home improvements.

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I'm a carpenter by trade.

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I do a little bit of everything.

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-Your local handy woman.

-Ha.

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Ooh, look at my pipe. Isn't it shiny?

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-We are more like siblings.

-Yeah.

-You know what I mean?

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That silly kind of banter that you have with your brother or sister.

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Do you think my drillbit is sharper than your drillbit, Wayne?

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-Maybe.

-Ooh.

-Maybe.

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Banter aside, they'll need watertight ideas

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to create two bathrooms.

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Customised bathroom dressing area.

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-Yes.

-For girls.

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-Done.

-Girl...girl station.

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Girl station.

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You sort that out. I ain't got a clue what a girl station is!

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So, Wayne and Steph have a plan to win the girls over.

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But it's Heidi and Ollie who hold the purse strings.

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I think the layout is not great.

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So we've drawn up a new plan for you.

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In your main bathroom, bring that bath here,

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so you got a full-length bathroom.

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-And creating a really nice, sumptuous bath.

-Yes.

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Then this becomes a little sanctuary for the girls to get ready.

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So it would be a large basin

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that two of them could be at at the same time,

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with nice dressing room lights.

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-Yup.

-Make it quite glamorous.

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The girls would love this.

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That's it. Yeah, that would work.

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Let's not forget, they're keeping that sink in their bedroom.

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So actually, you've got a sink here and then a wall and then your

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en suite. Yeah.

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Sort of doesn't say en suite to me.

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-Yeah, yeah.

-It says...en suite round a corner.

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En suite with limited access.

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En suite with an assault course.

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Because you're accessing the en suite from the end,

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it creates, like, a long corridor.

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-Yeah.

-So, we thought, let's remove the shower,

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cos what makes an en suite is having the toilet.

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I'd say probably first and foremost, the new en suite,

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if it was probably going to have anything in it,

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it probably would need to be the shower rather than the toilet.

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OK. We wondered that.

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Let's say we swap the toilet for a shower.

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-How does that change your...?

-Labour price is still the same.

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So Wayne and Steph want to create a girl station for Heidi and Ollie's

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daughters in the main bathroom,

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complete with a bath,

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with an overhead shower across the new back wall, and a loo.

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Next-door, there will be a separate shower,

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but no sink or toilet.

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Heidi and Ollie only have £8,000,

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so what's this going to cost?

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It would be 6,100 for the labour.

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-OK.

-Now, that only leaves 1,900 for materials.

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But, obviously, until you get to the finer detail,

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that's really as specific as we can be at this stage.

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In theory, that comes in on budget.

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But Heidi and Ollie will need to buy two bathroom suites and tiles

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for less than £2,000.

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But there's still two more pitches to go.

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Next against Wayne and Steph, is diamond geezer Elliott.

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And today, he's flying solo.

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Yeah, so bring it on. Here comes the lone wolf.

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The Lone Ranger.

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Elliott might be a man down,

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but he thinks he can beat his rivals hands-down.

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I've got some good ideas.

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I've got a lot I can bring to the drawing table.

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I just love doing bathrooms, you know, it's just that quirkiness.

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It's the tiling, bringing the wet rooms together, the sanitary ware,

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the planning, the overall job and just seeing it come together,

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great for the customer.

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So let's see if lone wolf Elliott can make more of a splash

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than Wayne and Steph.

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So, we are going to open this up. It's going to be the new door.

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Is only going to be a small en suite.

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We're actually going to give them a wet room. It's a nice job.

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But will it wet Heidi and Ollie's appetite?

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OK, so I've had a chance to look at your bathroom.

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The en suite, I've got a proposed shower, toilet.

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That is going to be incorporated as a wet room.

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-Yeah.

-So it'll be fully tanked out.

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Bath here, it can be done, but I think it's going to be...

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it's going to be a little bit of jiggery-pokery.

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So the master bathroom, we're going to have a square, deep bath,

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side fill, shower over.

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-Yeah.

-OK, tile.

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In grey, but they have a wave through them and actually does that,

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but it also projects as a 3-D pattern as well.

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So that would be, that would be as a main feature...

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-Yes.

-..somewhere in the shower.

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-OK?

-OK.

-That sounds good.

-Yeah, OK.

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Elliott's plan is to create a walk-in wet room complete with

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shower and toilet for the en suite.

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Next-door, he'll squeeze in a bath,

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overhead shower in the narrow gap,

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move the toilet, and put in

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a double sink and vanity unit.

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Sounds impressive, but what's it

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going to cost?

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So, for that, I know it's a little bit over budget. It's 8,700.

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The work will take two to three weeks.

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That's £700 over the maximum spend.

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But it's not over yet.

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Burly bears Simon and John are still to quote.

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Here it is.

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This pair claim to be multi-skilled masters of any building site.

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My main skills are making a cup of tea.

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-Yeah.

-Cup of tea!

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I do all of the brick work, I do plastering.

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-Yeah.

-You'll lend your hand for most things.

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Yeah, I take plumbing and chippy work.

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-So the door here...

-That would be your shower.

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..that'll be your shower.

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Maybe a bit of mosaics, like they've got in here, to tie it in.

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I figured, you've got to make it part of the same room, haven't you?

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Simon and John want to build a shower straight off the bedroom,

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but will that wash with Heidi and Ollie?

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So, we've looked at your bathroom.

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In the shower en suite area, we think if you go for a mosaic

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in the shower, it makes the shower a feature.

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Yeah.

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-And you're not drawn to the toilet, even though it's there.

-OK.

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You'd be able to get a bath this way.

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They're wanting to get rid of the shower, they're not...

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She's all about putting a bath in there, but you can't

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-really have a bath in there.

-Yes.

-Toilet where the shower is.

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-At the far end. That's the easiest solution, isn't it?

-Mm-hm.

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We'd put the toilet into this recess

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rather than putting the bath in here.

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We were thinking, what about putting a bath on this side?

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-Along the new wall?

-Yeah, along the new wall.

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I think it's easier if you've got children,

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and it's just easier access into the bath.

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For us, a labour price is always better then you can supply whatever,

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within a region of what you want to supply, really.

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Simon and John want to build a shower and toilet straight off

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the bedroom to create a compact en suite.

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Next-door in the bathroom,

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they'll put the bath on the right,

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the loo on the left, and just like

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Elliott, put a sink in the middle.

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But their quote won't include

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all the fixtures and fittings, and

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Heidi and Ollie only have £8,000.

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Which works out, I think it was...

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-Was it 7,500? In labour.

-Labour.

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-Right.

-And then, obviously, the material price...

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-For construction.

-For construction. 1,250.

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So that together, was 8,750.

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Crikey. And that doesn't include the bath, two showers, two toilets,

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two sinks or tiles.

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Eight-seven is probably a little bit more

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than what we thought it would be.

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But because we're doing sort of two bathrooms,

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it is quite labour intensive.

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That's it. They've all pitched. Now they have to wait.

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-One, two, three, four... Who's missing?

-Yeah.

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Well, but, yeah, no.

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-You're only mate has let you down.

-That's it.

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That's all right.

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It's Heidi and Ollie's call.

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After a lot of umming and ahhing,

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-I think we've probably come up with who and what we want.

-Mm-hm.

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Will it be Wayne and Steph's girl station,

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under budget but with no fixtures and fittings?

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Elliott's all-in bathroom and wet room, just over budget?

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Or Simon and John's, the most expensive, with the shower

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straight off the bedroom?

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PHONE RINGS

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Only the winner's phone will ring.

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PHONE CONTINUES RINGING

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Oh.

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-Hello?

-Hello, it's Heidi and Ollie.

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We would like to go with your quote.

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OK, that's fantastic, thank you.

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-Great.

-Thank you very much for the opportunity.

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I'll give you a call and we'll confirm some dates,

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and we'll get the ball rolling.

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-Perfect, thank you very much.

-Thanks, Elliott.

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There we go! In the bag like a pro.

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Can't wait to start now.

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Let's... Let's crack on and get the work done.

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Elliott is in business. But his rivals are a job down.

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-Fair play to him. Good price.

-Good price.

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Pleased for him, that the loner actually got a job.

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-He won't be Billy No-Mates totally.

-What's he going to do, then?

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-He's got to go out and find...

-Find a friend.

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-..some builder mates.

-Phone a friend.

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Harsh. Goodness know what they'll have to say later.

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With so many products on the market,

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choosing a bathroom suite can be quite daunting.

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So, builders, what do we need to think about?

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Freestanding baths can make a real impact in a bathroom. But fitted

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baths are a lot more practical if you have a smaller space.

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When it comes to picking a sink, think practically

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about what will fit with your bathroom, and remember that the taps

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you choose will also have a big effect on the overall look.

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There are now wide varieties of toilets available for your bathroom

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in all sorts of different shapes, sizes, design.

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Check that your toilet comes with a seat, though,

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because you'd be surprised - not all of them do.

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It's day one on Heidi and Ollie's bathroom re-fix.

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-Hi, Heidi.

-Hello.

-How are you? OK?

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-Yeah, good.

-Hi, this is Mark.

-Hi Mark.

-Hi, nice to meet you.

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And Elliott's rivals will be pleased to see he's found

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a building buddy.

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-Ahh!

-Aww, Elliott.

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Aw, not alone.

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-He's not a Billy No-Mates any more.

-No.

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Oh, I love it. Can't wait.

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Wrecking someone's house.

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You're one of the Goodfellas, surely.

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-Oh, it's Robert De Niro.

-It's Robert De Niro, isn't it?

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Their task is to rip out one bathroom and rebuild two.

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Not much of a challenge.

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On this job, Elliott's in command.

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I'm his little labourer, I think.

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-Little?

-HE CHUCKLES

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I don't think so, Mark.

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First, it's everything out.

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-Ooh, easy, tiger!

-That'll wake him up.

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-It was going well until you broke the mirror.

-Yeah.

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-Oh, well.

-Someone jinxed me on that one.

-Oh, yeah.

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Well, I'm glad you broke it and not me.

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-That's why you got me to do it.

-I've had enough bad luck.

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-How many years bad luck?

-Oh, I'm not superstitious.

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Keen to avoid further disaster,

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Elliott wants to protect the carpet - his way.

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You swimming now?

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Lying down on the job?

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Oh, he weren't any good at break dancing, was he?

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The swimming technique.

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Well, that was, that was from my days in the Olympics, mate.

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Double forward somersault, half twist, dismount.

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And, yeah, belly flop.

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HE LAUGHS

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While Elliott makes fast progress ripping out the suite,

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Mark's got a nifty trick to minimise mess when tearing down tiles.

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What I do, is put a big bucket

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down under where you're taking the tiles off.

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Knock downwards.

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Less mess on the floor and it goes in the bucket.

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We like that. Yes, Mark, you can stay.

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It takes just a morning to rip out the whole bathroom.

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Next job is to put up the framework for the new stud wall.

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This is where the wall is going to go.

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This will divide the family bathroom and en suite.

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And right on cue, the new suites arrive.

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It's Christmas come at once!

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To me, to you!

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The wall is going up, the pipes are in,

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and Elliott has built the framework for the en suite.

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You're in there, in the shower, it's going to be tight,

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but we've got 900, which is...

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It's better than having a 700, 700 shower tray

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and you're washing yourself like that.

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-He's a good model. He works it.

-Yeah, yeah.

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Next, the door for the new en suite.

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Hope you've got a steady hand, Elliot.

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So, there's no margin for error either here.

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We're very tight on space, this has to be right.

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As you say, measure twice, cut once.

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-I'm nervous. I actually feel nervous.

-Yup.

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Bang!

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Oops, gone wrong already?

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Obviously, we've got a light switch here.

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I have already checked to see where the cables go.

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-I'm glad to hear it.

-Yeah.

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-Anybody home?

-Hello?

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Hello!

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Right, that's the bottom.

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-Let's see what...

-This door was giving me nightmares as well.

-Yeah.

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-You got it?

-Yeah.

-Can you crowbar the bottom off?

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Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait, wait...

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OK, there we have it.

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Are we going to show the others how it's done? Yeah.

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He's always stirring it up, old Elliott, mate.

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Oh, he's a bit of a stirrer, isn't he, old Elliott?

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The finished article is going to be better than I think than

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everybody anticipated.

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-He has set the bar high.

-Yes.

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We'll find out just how good it looks later.

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Next job today takes us to a bustling market town

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on the edge of rolling countryside,

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to an area that can be accessed by road, rail or river.

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The average family house here costs around 20% less than the national

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average. Where are we?

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We're up north in Bury, Greater Manchester.

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So, who's looking to get the builders in?

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This four-bed detached is home to Simon and Caroline.

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They bought the house just two months before their son William

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was born and began a major revamp.

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We didn't buy the house, do it up and then have a family.

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We got the house as the family arrived.

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A bit of a roller-coaster, the last few years.

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The house is far from finished, though, and their family's

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-about to expand.

-This one's due in a couple of months.

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So, yeah, be back to sleepless nights.

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So, with a definite deadline,

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it's the hall and stairs that are top of the hit list.

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Well, the obvious thing is we need banisters.

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Finally, for safety, but also, you know,

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for the house and the aesthetics.

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We're down to bare walls,

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there's an uneven floor in the hall which we somehow need to level.

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It's a big job upstairs and down,

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so what's in the pot to pay for the hallway?

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Our budget is about £3,000 to £5,000.

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If there's a great idea, really good idea,

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something which is completely left-field

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which we've not thought of, we've budgeted for that as well.

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The hallway is the first room in your house anyone sees, so

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if you're planning a revamp, you'll want to get it right.

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Your hallway sees a lot of footfall, so it's worth going for flooring

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that's durable and easy to clean.

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Wood and laminate are very popular choices.

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Walls and hallways can get marked and scuffed,

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so it's always a good idea to buy a durable paint.

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If you want extra lights, switches or plug sockets,

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plan their location before the work starts, as changes

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during the build can be costly.

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Today's trio are ready to pitch, and they've all done their homework.

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-Nice place, Bury.

-"Berry."

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Mate, I keep telling about this, it's got a U in it, not an E.

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Home of the world-famous market.

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World-famous? Who named it that?

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It says so itself at the market.

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They all know they're here for a hallway revamp.

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You know what Bury's known for?

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What?

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-Black puddings.

-I'm not a big fan of black puddings. I like puddings.

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And their minds are firmly on the job.

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If you're lucky later, I'll take you to the market and buy you

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one of the world-famous, massive chocolate eclairs.

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When they're not thinking about their stomachs, that is.

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-Hello.

-Hi, there.

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First to arrive are Sian and John.

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They've battled through rush-hour traffic to get here.

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Time for them to come up with a rescue plan for the rundown hallway.

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It's very beige...

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at the moment. Needs a bit of work.

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Needs something exciting doing.

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It's all, like, the same colour, isn't it?

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I feel like I'm in a big vat of buttermilk.

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Are you thinking design already?

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I'm thinking about skimming the walls.

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Yeah, well, yeah.

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-Getting the dirty work done.

-Are we ready?

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-Aye.

-I've heard that before.

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Friends for over 20 years, these two know who's in charge.

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-I think we are a good team.

-I'll say, "Do it this way,"

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but Sian will quite adamantly say that she wants to do it this way.

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She's getting bossy!

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Let's see if they can find harmony in the hallway.

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-The floor goes like that, ooh!

-Floor needs levelling.

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Prime the walls.

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Skim. The skirtings are bit of a mess.

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Ah, whip them off, John.

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-Whip them off.

-Engineered wood flooring?

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Yeah, because it's a solid floor, you're going to have

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some fluctuations in temperature, so probably better off

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using an engineered board rather than a solid.

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-Stable.

-Yeah, a bit more stable,

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you're not going to get any sort of movement.

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Sian and John have made a solid start.

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Time to pitch their ideas to Simon and Caroline.

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What we need to do is maybe address the mess of what's...

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-Address the mess!

-I want to address the mess.

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-That's an amazing phrase.

-It's an amazing phrase, I use it a lot -

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we need to address the mess.

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-We do.

-What we've included for is an engineered board,

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because it's a solid floor. A herringbone pattern,

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which is quite on trend at the minute, but it's also a classic.

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It'll just make the hallway a little bit funkier.

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A classic example of why building regs,

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building control insist on hand rails.

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Because, otherwise, you fall off the stairs, which is very dangerous.

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Now, whatever we put down here,

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we've got to tie it in with this or it's going to look daft.

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Or completely take that out and put something new in and a bit funkier.

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Let's have a wobble of that newel post and see if it's...

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Let's have a wobble? I don't wobble.

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There's no wobbling here!

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Get a hold of that post.

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Oh, hello.

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I think it might need a bit of work.

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I think it's going to look a lot better

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-if you go for something a bit more modern.

-Yeah.

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Metal and timber, and then put the same up here.

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Obviously it's dangerous at the minute, walking up those stairs.

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So, we have quoted for something quite glamorous, actually -

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for oak to match the flooring and then a chrome spindle.

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-Right.

-So it'll look quite contemporary

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-but it'll look, you know...

-Yeah.

-It'll give the hallway

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-the wow factor when you walk in.

-Yeah.

-It'll all tie in.

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So, Sian and John have come up with a classic contemporary design

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throughout. They'll skim all the walls

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and redecorate upstairs and down.

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Then they'll level the floor and put down an engineered board

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in herringbone oak.

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They'll add an oak banister to match,

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but use chrome spindles to make it more modern.

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Sounds smart, but what's the damage?

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Simon and Caroline have a top budget of £5,000.

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For labour and materials it's £5,080.

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Right. OK.

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And roughly how long do you think the work will take?

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Probably looking for at least two to three weeks.

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-Yeah.

-All right.

-OK.

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That's £80 over their top budget, but it's still anyone's job.

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-I'm looking forward to this.

-Next to pitch

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-are grafters Alex and Chris.

-Caroline.

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They're always keen to make a good first impression.

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Even though it's quite big, it feels quite dingy.

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-Look at it all. I hate gloss.

-That's stringy, that stairs.

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Top tip - don't paint gloss.

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These two have been joined at the hip for the last six years,

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and they claim they can turn their hands to anything.

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We complement each other very well.

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Chris's organisational skills are fantastic.

0:23:170:23:19

I'm older. You know, not that you could tell.

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A lot. Didn't you do paint the Titanic?

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Time to get their thoughts on transforming the hallway.

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Plaster doesn't look in the greatest of condition, quite a lot of cracks.

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-That just wants overskimming. Traditional on there.

-Traditional.

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-Nice newel.

-So, Alex and Chris think traditional is the way forward.

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Will that appeal to Simon and Caroline?

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After looking at your hall and everything that you wanted us

0:23:450:23:49

-to have a look at...

-Just a small job.

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Just a small... Yeah, really!

0:23:510:23:53

-Yeah.

-We priced for solid oak floor.

0:23:530:23:56

-Yep.

-To keep the cost down, pine stair components.

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-Right.

-Have we got any cupboard access round the side?

0:24:000:24:03

-Yeah, there's a cupboard door here...

-OK.

-Which they obviously put

0:24:030:24:06

the hoover and brushes in and stuff like that.

0:24:060:24:09

-Yeah, cool.

-So, what if we maybe do the cupboards to, say,

0:24:090:24:12

here so they've got access?

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They've still got storage on that side,

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and we open all that up and then you do your magic on there.

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Underneath the stairs, I mean, that is just dead space, really.

0:24:200:24:22

There's countless options what we can actually do with that.

0:24:220:24:25

-Yeah.

-So whether it be pull-out drawers for shoes, or anything.

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Especially when you've got kids,

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you need as much storage and space as you can.

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The bottom of the stairs ends up as a dumping ground with wellies and

0:24:330:24:36

-shoes.

-Yeah.

-Alex and Chris have come up with a traditional look

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for the hallway. They'll skim all the walls and redecorate,

0:24:390:24:43

fit a simple, square-style banister

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made out of pine and fit a solid oak floor.

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But their big idea is to rip out the wall under the stairs and build

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drawers for storage. Sounds pricey.

0:24:520:24:55

So, what's it going to cost?

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We've priced for absolutely everything.

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-OK.

-Yeah. And that comes a total price of 4,400.

0:24:580:25:02

Hmm, that's £600 under their top budget.

0:25:020:25:06

How long do you think it's going to take?

0:25:060:25:08

-Probably looking over the space of a couple of weeks.

-OK.

0:25:080:25:12

Simon and Caroline are giving nothing away,

0:25:120:25:15

and there's still one more pitch to go.

0:25:150:25:17

Last up are no-nonsense lads Mark and Chris.

0:25:180:25:21

-Let's have a ganders.

-Already stripped.

0:25:210:25:24

Yeah, which is a great bonus.

0:25:240:25:27

Workmates for three years,

0:25:270:25:29

these two claim to have the perfect partnership.

0:25:290:25:32

I spend more time with you than I do with the kids, the missus,

0:25:320:25:35

anyone else in my family.

0:25:350:25:37

Does he prefer working on his own?

0:25:370:25:38

When I'm fitting one of these doors, yeah!

0:25:380:25:41

Unfriended by the end of the day.

0:25:420:25:44

Now, now, no falling out on site, boys,

0:25:440:25:47

we need your ideas for the hallway.

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I mean, I'm pushing majorly towards drawer stairs.

0:25:490:25:53

So the drawers are actually in the stairs for storage

0:25:530:25:56

in each step coming up. We're talking big budget, though.

0:25:560:25:59

-Mhm.

-So, it's innovative staircase storage from this duo,

0:25:590:26:03

but will it be a step too far for Simon and Caroline?

0:26:030:26:06

You know, our big idea in this part hopefully makes us stand out

0:26:060:26:09

from the others, and that's to put the drawers internal

0:26:090:26:12

-of the stairs going up.

-Yeah.

-It does mean that, you know,

0:26:120:26:14

we are going to have to absolutely dissect your stairs

0:26:140:26:18

to be able to allow this to happen.

0:26:180:26:20

But the storage ability to be able to get that area in there.

0:26:200:26:25

I'm intrigued by the drawers in the stairs.

0:26:250:26:28

They're going to want some engineered timber

0:26:280:26:30

-on the floors downstairs.

-Yep.

0:26:300:26:32

New carpet on the landing and the stairs itself.

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Obviously, the problem we're going to find here is this banister.

0:26:350:26:38

-Yep.

-So that might be the answer on being able to put glass up here.

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We'd like to start a glass balustrade going up

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the entire length of the stairs and the return at the top.

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-Right.

-Using a brushed nickel format for the actual handrail.

0:26:490:26:55

We'd decorate the full area...

0:26:550:26:57

-Yep.

-..top to bottom, but when it comes to the colours,

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that's where you need to come in and give us some advice.

0:27:000:27:03

I've already got ideas on that.

0:27:030:27:04

I'm sure you have!

0:27:040:27:06

Mike and Chris have gone to town and pushed the brief with

0:27:070:27:10

state-of-the-art stair drawers, a glass balustrade, nickel hand rail,

0:27:100:27:14

wood floor and full redecoration.

0:27:140:27:17

Sounds fancy, but what's it all going to cost?

0:27:170:27:20

With the glass balustrade, we're looking around £5,600 completed.

0:27:200:27:26

That's £600 over budget and the highest quote of the day.

0:27:260:27:30

And the total time you think it's going to take to do the work?

0:27:310:27:34

The total time will be around eight days.

0:27:340:27:37

-OK.

-Eight working days.

-Eight working days, OK!

0:27:370:27:40

-Thank you very much.

-That's it,

0:27:400:27:42

they've all pitched their designs and priced the job.

0:27:420:27:45

-Now they wait.

-I think we've made a bit of a boo-boo,

0:27:450:27:47

actually, because we've done lots of fancy balustrading

0:27:470:27:50

-in chrome and oak.

-We decided to keep the cost down,

0:27:500:27:53

-we're going to do that in pine.

-Boring!

0:27:530:27:56

We're running for the drawers, you know, in the risers.

0:27:570:28:00

Oh, check it out!

0:28:000:28:02

You know how it is, lads.

0:28:020:28:04

It's Simon and Caroline's call.

0:28:040:28:06

Will it be Alex and Chris's under-stairs storage solution,

0:28:090:28:12

which came in under budget?

0:28:120:28:15

Sian and John's fancy flooring and smart new banister just over budget?

0:28:150:28:20

Or Chris and Mark's staircase drawers,

0:28:200:28:22

which was the most expensive of the three?

0:28:220:28:25

Only one pair can win the job.

0:28:250:28:27

PHONE RINGS OUT

0:28:290:28:30

Oh.

0:28:370:28:38

Good afternoon, Chris speaking.

0:28:410:28:43

Chris, it's Simon and Caroline.

0:28:430:28:44

We loved some of the ideas and we'd like you to come and do the work.

0:28:440:28:47

-Oh, that's great.

-Oh, that's fantastic.

0:28:470:28:49

Thank you very much. Was it the smile?

0:28:490:28:51

It was definitely the smile.

0:28:510:28:53

We'll be in touch with you later.

0:28:530:28:56

-Thanks very much.

-Thanks, guys.

0:28:560:28:57

-Thank you.

-Cheers.

-Thank you.

0:28:570:28:59

Yeah, baby!

0:28:590:29:01

-Looking forward to it.

-Can't wait.

0:29:020:29:05

Alex and Chris have nailed it.

0:29:050:29:07

I think the price certainly helped.

0:29:070:29:09

-Yeah.

-And we want to win every one, but, yeah, we like this.

0:29:090:29:11

-We like this a lot.

-And the losers walk away empty-handed.

0:29:110:29:14

I'm a little gutted about that, to be fair, because I wanted

0:29:140:29:17

to showcase those drawers coming out of the risers.

0:29:170:29:19

-The drawers...

-I look forward to seeing those pine spindles,

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cos no way are they going to look as good as the stuff

0:29:220:29:24

that we'd specified. No way.

0:29:240:29:26

You'll be able to judge for yourself when you're watching

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Alex and Chris work shortly.

0:29:290:29:30

Hallways can be tricky to design due to their layout,

0:29:330:29:36

and there are many things to think about.

0:29:360:29:38

One of the most important is lighting.

0:29:380:29:41

If you have a long, narrow hall, it might be better to go

0:29:410:29:44

for two or three smaller ceiling lights rather than a single pendant,

0:29:440:29:47

as this may leave some areas of the hallway unlit.

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If you have high ceilings in the hallway, try using

0:29:500:29:52

bigger pendant lights. But if the ceilings are low,

0:29:520:29:55

it's better to fix a pendant that's flush fitted

0:29:550:29:57

so the space doesn't feel cluttered.

0:29:570:30:00

In a hallway, it's always a good idea to use LED lighting.

0:30:000:30:03

They're durable, cheaper to run and environmentally friendly.

0:30:030:30:07

It's day one of the hallway revamp in Bury, but Chris is a man down,

0:30:100:30:15

and the losing builders are all eyes.

0:30:150:30:18

-Oh, this is the hallway, isn't it?

-Let's have it.

-Yep, let's see it.

0:30:180:30:20

Let's see what they're up to.

0:30:200:30:22

I thought I'd come in and show willing.

0:30:220:30:25

Show willing!

0:30:250:30:26

This build is happening in three stages -

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repair and fit the banister and floor, build under-stair storage,

0:30:310:30:36

then redecorate top to bottom.

0:30:360:30:38

The first job is to tear down the wall under the stairs,

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ready for the new storage.

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This part of the wall's staying because that's part

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of the cupboard behind. So we're going to box that in,

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take all this out, and then this is where we're going to

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-have the shelving.

-You know what would've been better?

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Pull-out drawers, man. It's not hard. Do you know what I mean?

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It's pull-out. It pulls out.

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-It's a drawer in the stairs.

-A secret drawer.

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It's destruction time!

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And Chris is taking no prisoners.

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Here's Johnny!

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Before long, half the wall is out.

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Yeah, I think now we've taken that bit of wall down,

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it actually does show you how it can widen the hall up.

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-Fair play, there's a fair bit of storage there.

-Yeah.

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I mean, that's one of the reasons why we really don't want to put

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a door on, just to give them

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that little feel of it's open space, you know?

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Put a door on it, lad, for God's sake!

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And, with that, the rip-out is complete.

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We'll be back later to see them rebuild the hall.

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Back in Redhill, Surrey.

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Elliott and Mark are making great progress on Heidi and Ollie's

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bathroom and en suite. You might remember Elliott

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was super-confident, but there's been a design change -

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they're having one large sink instead of two.

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Yeah, it's kind of put us back a little bit.

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The main thing is that it's right and when it's finished,

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-everybody's happy.

-But just as they solve one problem...

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We fixed the legs and everything onto the bath yesterday.

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We've put it in situ and noticed there was a very small crack.

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Unfortunately, we can't install it.

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Is that where you used a hammer to get it in, Elliott?

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We've had a string of bad luck, actually. So I think, actually,

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it might be something to do with

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Mark breaking the mirror on the first day.

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Always got to blame others, eh?!

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-Big shoulders.

-That's cos I'm carrying you every day.

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Oh, you're going to get in trouble.

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-He can't turn it around.

-Make it a planter.

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Next job, prep for a waterproof seal around the shower.

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In my other job, I make a damn good cake.

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Whisk it up, just like cream.

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There he goes, look, stirring it up, as usual.

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Going in, doctor.

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This stuff is actually quite messy.

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Insert this onto here.

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They're getting back on track.

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The wall is sealed and boards are laid to level the floor.

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This is when the customer shouts up,

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"I've got water coming through the ceiling!"

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And home owner Heidi knows how to keep them sweet.

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-Look at that!

-Look at that, one happy customer.

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There you go, Simon, that is what you get, mate, for a good job.

0:33:230:33:26

-Oh, look!

-That's all right, John.

0:33:260:33:28

-That's your favourite.

-Look at that.

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A sandwich and crisps - that's a dream.

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Love it, love it.

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Tiles are going up.

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Am I the best tiler in this competition?

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-Yeah, definitely.

-Don't speak too soon.

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I've cut the corner off it.

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Another 20 quid.

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Oh, another 20 quid!

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That bath is in, as is the loo.

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-Fantastic.

-It's all systems go, as they race to the finish.

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Running around.

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He looks like Frosty the Snowman.

0:34:010:34:03

He's absolutely colossal.

0:34:050:34:07

-He told me he was going back to the gym.

-He's looking well.

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A few final touches and they're done.

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For the last three years, Heidi,

0:34:170:34:19

Ollie and their four daughters have shared one main bathroom,

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making it a very crowded space on any given morning.

0:34:240:34:27

Shared a bathroom with five girls, mate! He's a brave man, isn't he?

0:34:290:34:32

-He's very brave.

-Good man, Ollie.

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It took Elliott and Mark a week of hard graft to rip out,

0:34:350:34:38

divide up and rebuild the bathroom.

0:34:380:34:40

-That looks really slick, actually.

-It looks beautiful, yeah.

0:34:420:34:45

They've made use of every inch,

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even slotting in a bath and shower in a very compact space.

0:34:470:34:50

-Very nice.

-That is lovely.

0:34:500:34:52

That is beautiful.

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They've tiled floor to ceiling and they've fitted a large floating sink

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for Heidi and Ollie's girls.

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-Those lucky girls.

-Yeah.

-But it doesn't stop there.

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Next-door they built an en suite

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from scratch - perfect for Mum and Dad.

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-Marks out of ten?

-Marks out of ten for me,

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I'm going to have to give him a ten and a half, I think, John.

0:35:140:35:16

Oh, a ten and a half!

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There's a walk-in shower, separate loo and light-up mirror.

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And it's all tiled in a cool grey.

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-Eight and a half.

-Oh, OK, that's definitely

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the highest we've given anybody.

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-It was a tricky job, though.

-Yeah.

-They made it work.

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-Absolutely.

-And they made it look great.

-Yeah.

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But it's the client that counts.

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Come on, then.

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-Let's see how we got on.

-Will Heidi and Ollie approve?

0:35:430:35:46

First, they check out the bathroom.

0:35:540:35:55

Come on.

0:35:570:35:58

We're really pleased with it.

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I particularly love this sink.

0:36:050:36:07

There's enough space probably for three of them

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-to get side by side and do their teeth, which is good.

-Yeah.

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Yes!

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There we go.

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And then into the shower end, that just looks really nice.

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It works really well. It's quite deceptive how far back it goes.

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And, really, there's a full bath tucked in there.

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And they've delivered on everything they've said, and then some.

0:36:270:36:30

-Cheers, Ollie.

-But will they be just as impressed with the en suite?

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Nice. Really nice.

0:36:430:36:46

Stunning.

0:36:460:36:48

Absolutely stunning. I'm delighted with it.

0:36:480:36:50

-That's very nice.

-Yeah.

0:36:500:36:53

The mosaic on the floor is so much nicer than a plastic shower tray.

0:36:530:36:58

-Putting these wet room floor trays in...

-It's so much nicer.

0:36:590:37:02

It is so much nicer.

0:37:020:37:04

I wasn't expecting them to have done...such a good job.

0:37:050:37:09

That's sounds like a terrible thing to say.

0:37:090:37:11

Wow. I don't know what you envisaged, but...

0:37:110:37:14

I didn't imagine it would look this wide, I know it's still

0:37:140:37:17

a small room, but I thought it would be smaller than this.

0:37:170:37:20

I reckon it's about a metre wide.

0:37:200:37:21

Yeah.

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For a tiny room, it's much bigger than I thought

0:37:230:37:25

-we were going to get out of it. What do you reckon?

-Very true.

0:37:250:37:28

They've been really, really good with the way they've created

0:37:280:37:31

the space, actually, and it gives us just what we need,

0:37:310:37:33

which is enough space to get in and have a shower.

0:37:330:37:35

The shower's actually quite big.

0:37:350:37:37

It's sort of more than I thought we would have.

0:37:370:37:40

It's really stylish.

0:37:400:37:42

Yeah. It's odd that things surpass your expectations,

0:37:420:37:44

but this is one of those occasions when it's happened.

0:37:440:37:47

I want to hear that on repeat.

0:37:470:37:48

Really happy. We definitely made the right choice, didn't we?

0:37:500:37:53

To get two bathrooms out of the size of what was the existing family

0:37:530:37:56

bathroom is pretty clever.

0:37:560:37:59

-Well done, boys.

-Yeah.

0:37:590:38:02

That's what we like, happy customers, mate.

0:38:020:38:05

Well done. Good job.

0:38:050:38:07

Nice work, lads.

0:38:070:38:08

Back in Bury, Simon and Caroline's hallway revamp is well underway.

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Transformation, lights in.

0:38:190:38:21

It's a nice sage green, isn't it?

0:38:210:38:23

Chris is cracking on with the decorating.

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And he's got a money-saving tip up his sleeve.

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If you find a really expensive paint, sometimes you can pay

0:38:290:38:32

£40-50 for a two and a half litre tin of paint.

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Get yourself a little tester, put it onto a card,

0:38:360:38:38

take it into one of the big DIY stores,

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and they'll colour match it for you and, you know,

0:38:410:38:44

you can get ten litres for £38.

0:38:440:38:47

Good tip, good tip.

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Next, building buddy Alex has finally arrived to lend a hand.

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Here he is, look, he's late.

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And his first job is to build those all-important new banisters.

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Oh, a bit of bottom. I like a bit of bottom.

0:39:010:39:03

Builder's bottom.

0:39:030:39:05

We've got the newels and the handrail and the base rail in.

0:39:070:39:11

So now we're starting to put the spindles in.

0:39:130:39:15

-All pine.

-So we've cut down what's called pieces of fillet,

0:39:150:39:19

and these obviously go in between the spindles to keep everything

0:39:190:39:22

in place and give it a nice finish.

0:39:220:39:24

Alex glues the fillets and spindles into place.

0:39:250:39:29

I do like doing spindles.

0:39:290:39:30

I'd have painted them before.

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They're a nightmare to paint when they're in situ.

0:39:340:39:37

That's his world, isn't it?

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And in no time, the staircase has the banister it needs

0:39:430:39:46

to make it safe.

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It costs £250, and Chris is using an oak stain to match with the floor.

0:39:470:39:52

Not painting them. Da-da-da!

0:39:520:39:54

It's the home straight.

0:39:550:39:57

The ground floor has been levelled, and Alex is laying the oak effect

0:39:570:40:00

floor, which cost £40 a square metre all in.

0:40:000:40:03

Unfortunately, it's not a straightforward job

0:40:030:40:07

because we've got three doorways at the top of the hall,

0:40:070:40:11

and we've also got a bit of a dog leg in it

0:40:110:40:14

as well where the actual lounge door is set forward.

0:40:140:40:19

-Nice.

-Yeah!

-Lots of cutting...

0:40:190:40:22

-Not too simple.

-And head working.

0:40:220:40:25

But that's not stopping Alex.

0:40:250:40:27

The stairs get new carpet and all that's left to do is the storage.

0:40:270:40:31

Cross handed sawing.

0:40:330:40:34

He's built shelving into the newly open space under the stairs

0:40:340:40:38

and made new doors, which he paints to match the walls.

0:40:380:40:42

Oh, OK.

0:40:420:40:43

And, with that, the hallway refurb is complete.

0:40:460:40:49

-Another good job done.

-Happy days.

0:40:490:40:51

Yeah, it's been a good job.

0:40:510:40:53

A couple of challenges in there, but...

0:40:530:40:55

-I'm glad it's finished, though.

-Yeah!

0:40:550:40:57

There was a lot of different things to do.

0:40:570:40:59

-It was a real mishmash of a job, wasn't it?

-Yeah.

0:40:590:41:02

Before, Simon and Caroline's hallway wasn't fit for family life with bare

0:41:040:41:09

plaster, an uneven floor and no banister.

0:41:090:41:12

-Yeah, it was very drab.

-Yeah.

-Loads of things needed doing.

0:41:120:41:15

What will the rival builders think of Alex and Chris' efforts?

0:41:150:41:19

-Yeah.

-Yeah, let's see.

0:41:190:41:21

After ten days of hard graft,

0:41:220:41:25

they've completely ripped out and rebuilt the hallway.

0:41:250:41:27

It looks good.

0:41:290:41:30

There's a new oak banister and an engineered oak floor.

0:41:300:41:33

-It looks great.

-Yeah.

-It looks great, you know,

0:41:330:41:36

they done exactly what they needed to do.

0:41:360:41:38

The walls are freshly plastered,

0:41:380:41:40

it's been decorated, and there's even a new stair carpet.

0:41:400:41:44

Well done, guys. Good job.

0:41:440:41:46

And a new set of cupboards under the stairs.

0:41:460:41:48

-A massive improvement.

-Yeah, the drawers don't pull out

0:41:480:41:51

of the stairs, though, do they? Do you know what I mean?

0:41:510:41:53

They don't pull out of the stairs, though, bruv.

0:41:530:41:56

The losers are impressed,

0:41:560:41:57

but will it be a winner for Simon and Caroline?

0:41:570:42:00

Alex and Chris are just about to find out.

0:42:000:42:03

-Moment of truth.

-Moment of truth.

0:42:070:42:08

-Oh, wow.

-Oh, yeah, we like a wow.

0:42:100:42:13

-We like a wow.

-They've worked really hard, haven't they?

0:42:130:42:15

That's really... I really like that.

0:42:170:42:19

Excellent.

0:42:190:42:20

That cupboard, that's cool.

0:42:200:42:22

I know. We can get rid of all the clutter that you hate.

0:42:220:42:25

Yeah. Do you like it? Is it good?

0:42:250:42:26

I like the colours. The colours, I think they work really well.

0:42:290:42:32

It makes it look very fresher,

0:42:320:42:34

brighter with the ceiling, definitely.

0:42:340:42:38

Simon and Caroline's hallway is finally ready

0:42:380:42:41

for the family's new arrival, and came in on-budget at £4,400.

0:42:410:42:47

It's better than what we actually had in our heads. I think

0:42:470:42:49

if we'd done it ourselves, we wouldn't have anything as good

0:42:490:42:52

-as this, would we?

-Yeah.

-And it would've definitely taken

0:42:520:42:54

-a lot longer.

-It would have definitely taken a lot longer.

0:42:540:42:57

Happy days.

0:42:570:42:59

Boom!

0:42:590:43:00

So, that's another set of satisfied customers.

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The first build on offer is in Redhill, Surrey, where Heidi and Ollie want to reconfigure their bathroom and build a new en suite on a budget of £8,000. They must choose between Wayne and Steph's idea to create a girl station for their four daughters, Simon and John, who suggest a shower straight off the bedroom, or lone wolf Elliot, who thinks a wet room is the way to go.

Meanwhile, in Bury, Greater Manchester, Simon and Caroline have a dilapidated hallway that desperately needs an overhall. The builders come up with three different designs, but of course only one pair can win the job.