DIY SOS Big Build Longframlington

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We started our day in Ashington, a quaint village in Northumberland. The sun began to set and we were greeted with hail, snow and flooding – what a combination!

In an attempt to find a hot drink before heading to the grounds, we stumbled across ‘Car Corner’. The compact corner shop workers were bustling about with their breakfast rolls. We chatted with a guy who was local and also helped with the DIY SOS project. He drove us into the field with friendly northern chatter along the way.

We walked past the house, and into a large muddy field full of workers. We spotted the iconic purple DIY SOS tent, and signed in. The next few hours were spent wandering in and out of the marquee, depending on the Great British weather! We met lots of friendly faces, and soon realized that most of the people involved were locals – unlike us!

A few minutes after they announced the hot drinks, we had to gather together to be filmed by the drone. It looked like a giant school trip but with a much higher view than usual. We all went from the farm to the back garden of the house. Nick Knowles himself stood on a stool and introduced us to the house he helped renovate.

We were then told that unfortunately two members of the family had come down with Covid, meaning that the usual method of filming the big reveal was no longer viable. Luckily, the son, Gus, filmed the family’s reaction on his phone – so we still got to see the moment the family saw their new home.

We heard directly from families about how the project has changed their lives. They had to speak through loudspeakers due to Covid restrictions, but the message was crystal clear. We played a role in turning a building into a family home for four generations. It’s great to be a part of something that makes a real difference in someone’s life.

Their floor was uneven before the project, which made it difficult for Bobby with his complex health issues as well as his mother Mary, who suffered the effects of a stroke in 2013. We provided Barlinek Oak St. Lucia Floors. The ground floor, including the hallway, kitchen and living room, gives the family hard-wearing flooring throughout the downstairs of their home.

We finished the day filming the iconic opening scene, where Nick welcomes the audience to the episode and all the workers and suppliers cheer. Then we met the DIY SOS team, which was really memorable. On our way out, we managed to take pictures from the floor window.

After a few days of travel and crazy weather conditions, we returned to Norfolk. We may have left them up north, but we will always miss the Owen family and we hope that their new floor and home will provide stability and comfort for years to come.

Flooring Supplies donated Barlinek Oak St Lucia engineered wood flooring to a deserving family in Longframlington, featured in the BBC One series ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build’. Barlinek Oak St. Lucia was used as part of a life-changing transformation of their home.