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The 100k House: Tricks of the Trade

In the first programme, Piers Taylor and Gurmeet Sian deploy micro-budget ideas from the partner series, The House that £100k Built, for two new homeowners in need of life-changing transformations to their existing homes.

As a builder, Lee thought nothing of adding an extension to his suburban-semi in Birmingham. Two years later, the whole ground floor is half built and his plans half baked. His partner Jaimelee and their three kids are stuck living in a building site, cooking on a camping stove. Piers must first teach them the trick to turn it into a successful open-plan space, but also how clever choices anyone can do with furniture, wall coverings and even colours can radically improve it. However, as their £10k runs short, long-held disagreements emerge – Jaimelee wants a family seating area at the heart of her home but Lee wants to add expensive copper sheets to the outside. Can Piers possibly deliver both?

For Suzanne, Antonio and toddler Sophia, life is a day-to-day struggle in their west London flat. The awkward layout makes it tough to keep a watchful eye on their daughter, and the bathroom is more of a disaster zone than a sanctuary. It’s up to Gurmeet to rethink the entire flat, but how do you make a home feel bigger when you can’t extend out? Whilst Piers stuns them with an ingenious apartment full of design tricks, Gurmeet takes them shopping to a well-kept secret of the design world, encouraging them to invest their limited budget only on things you touch. Overwhelmed and overspent, can this young family turn their gloomy flat into one that’s spacious and flooded with light?

Cast

Piers Taylor

An award-winning architect following self-builders, taking on the biggest gamble of their lives.