Top manufacturers answer SOS call

Published:  10 January, 2013

Home improvement show, DIY SOS, was supported by members of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association as they transformed the house of a family in need.

The programme, which aired on 3 January, featured a family that had more than doubled in size overnight when Mum, Julie, adopted her best friend's five children after their parents tragically passed away.

This saw the family grow from four to nine, putting a huge strain on the three-bedroom home, which only contained one bathroom.

Julie's story appeared in national newspapers and, after being inundated with requests from local residents and those who had read the story, DIY SOS took on the project of extending and refurbishing the house to suit the family’s needs.

One of the key issues raised was the queue for the bathroom of a morning. The team decided to update the existing bathroom and add two additional showering facilities, including a downstairs shower room and an en-suite off Julie's bedroom.

The BBC contacted the BMA and three member companies stepped forward to help furnish products for all three spaces.

Shower manufacturer Inta was able to offer the team a selection of water saving showers to choose from, all of which are high performance, TMV2 anti-scald rated and on the BMA’s Water Label scheme.

"In such a full household, water and energy saving is important and waste-limiting bathroom products really come into their own,” said Stuart Gizzi, director at Inta.

“As the programme showed, being waste-conscious doesn't mean a compromise on style and can offer families real financial benefit."

Twyford bathrooms provided sanitaryware from their Moda and Galerie ranges, including a low flush toilet and low volume bath.

“We were flattered to be approached by the programme and were more than happy to help out by donating a bathroom. It’s always a great feeling to see the delight on the families faces when they first enter their new home,” said Mark Winfield, Twyford’s marketing manager for UK & Ireland.

Pegler Yorkshire's Francis Pegler Strata two hole filler tap was chosen to complement the bathroom.

“We know about the programme and how it helps those families most in need.  We were therefore pleased to help Julie and her family," said Phill Jackson, business development and marketing director.

With the bathrooms all being squeezed into tight spaces, another key consideration was that products be space efficient.

Having helped out a number of times on DIY SOS, Roman was keen to get involved and offered products from its Orbital range, which offers a number of enclosures and bath screens designed to solve common space problems in the bathroom. The company also supplied a shower valve, registered on the BMA's Water Label Scheme, and shower trays to suit the enclosures.

"We are always very happy to help programmes such as DIY SOS. They always work with such deserving families, to help turn their lives around. The finished bathrooms and homes always look amazing,” said David Osborne, Roman's managing director.

“The room the designers had to work with was somewhat limited, so space saving was at the forefront when making recommendations for the shower facilities,” he added. “The finished bathrooms were not only practical, but offered a real designer finish."

DIY SOS series 23 episode 7: The Big Build Huntingdon will be repeated on Friday 11 January at 00:25 on BBC One or can be viewed on iPlayer.

 

Photograph: Nick Knowles, BBC

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