A couple with four children crammed into a two-bedroom home in Abbots Langley were given the surprise of their lives when it was renovated for a popular daytime TV show.
DIY experts from ITV’s 60 Minute Makeover – which has recently undergone a new format and is now fronted by reality TV personality Peter Andre – were called in to Sally and Jason Grant’s home in The Fairway in June.
The couple, aged 34 and 43, share their small council house with sons Conor Kimber, 12, Bradley, nine, Logan, three, and toddler Fletcher who is almost two. While the married pair had their youngest sleeping in their own room, it was soon time for him to move in with all of his older brothers in the only other available bedroom.
Peter Andre fan Sally said she had no idea that her cousins Clare and Charlotte Yelland had engineered the makeover. She said: “I had just finished watching Pete’s reality show and was thinking I would miss seeing him for a while. Even as we were driving up the road and saw the crew, I didn’t have a clue it was for me.
“It was only when Pete opened my car door that I thought, ‘wow’. He was really nice, very genuine and down to earth. He seemed so normal because I had built him up so much in my head.
The former waitress gave up work to care for poorly Fletcher who was diagnosed with meningitis. She has also had two operations within the last year because of her glaucoma. She added: “My cousins thought I could do with cheering up, and because the boys are all different ages it was a real struggle with the rooms, we could never get a proper bedtime going.”
The programme – which now provides an hour-long ‘snapshot’ into the longer renovation process – took over the family’s home for a day, when Aussie Pete was spotted by fans in the village during filming.
DIY experts created a brand new bedroom for the older two boys in a downstairs room, which has improved the Grants’ family life no end.
Sally said: “Now Conor and Bradley can play on their consoles and do their homework in their own space. It is really nice and makes such a difference.
“They made our front room really nice as well and it’s now multi-purpose – it’s great for the kids in the daytime with lots of storage for toys, but in the evenings Jason and I can turn the lights down and relax. It makes a big difference to Jason when he comes back from work.
“It was amazing, everything they did in the house was to my taste and it is all so warm and cosy.”
The family recorded the programme – which aired on Wednesday – and have watched it several times with each other and friends.
Pete’s debut series as presenter is currently screened daily on ITV1 at 2pm, and ends with a Christmas special show.