Sarah Beeny and her team of specialists head to the Murphy family's chocolate-box cottage in Cheshire. Mum Andrea fell for its period charms, but now the cracks are appearing and she and husband Steven are terrified that character features hide a multitude of problems.
They're right to be worried - an investigation opens a can of worms: floors so poorly laid their children could end up falling through them; a dangerous roof; and most worryingly - and a first for Sarah - a very real risk of fire. Like many period properties built before modern fire regulations, a combination of flammable materials and poor construction mean that smoke from a fire in the living room would fill the kids' bedroom above in a matter of minutes.
It's an emotional discovery for the doting parents of two boys aged seven and four. With the budget gone replacing the roof they need Sarah's level-headed advice and DIY savvy to understand their home and take charge of it.Watch now on 4oD visit the scrapbook
|Thursday 16 June 2011||Channel 4|
|Thursday 16 June 2011||8PM||Channel 4|