Couple’s dream home on screen

Alistair and Karen,  from Muckamore, star in the first episode of new series The House That 100K Built with Piers Taylor & Kieran Long due to air on Wednesday 22nd February on BBC Two.
Alistair and Karen, from Muckamore, star in the first episode of new series The House That 100K Built with Piers Taylor & Kieran Long due to air on Wednesday 22nd February on BBC Two.

A County Antrim couple star in the first episode of the new series of ‘The House That 100K Built’ - due to air at 8pm tonight Wednesday, February 22 on BBC Two - with Piers Taylor and Kieran Long,

The programme aims to answer the question ‘Can you build your dream home for less that £100K?’ and sees Kieran and Piers help novice self-builders discover ingenious low-cost ways to turn ordinary homes into extraordinary ones.

In the first episode, viewers will meet Muckamore couple Alistair and Karen who hope that building a family home could be the key to a mortgage free life.

Alistair grew up close by and wants his son to have the same childhood he had, surrounded by farmland and playing in the stream.

The design must meet the needs of an uncertain future; Alistair was recently diagnosed with MS so they have designed the home with wheelchair access in mind.

Kieran Long and Piers Taylor must hunt out ingenious ways to improve their design so the couple can get the best house possible on their budget.

Their single-storey home has three distinct parts but Piers quickly discovers the most expensive bit is a glass section in the middle, which the couple is only using as a corridor. He must help the two make the most of every part of their home while Kieran looks for design tricks to improve key areas.

He inspires them with a home that uses pocket doors rather than traditional swinging ones and proves that increasing the space around a kitchen island makes an enormous difference to how successful it is, and costs no more, coming up with a ‘peg board’ idea that looks like it could have cost thousands.

Having invested so much financially, physically and emotionally, Alistair and Karen are desperate to get out of their caravan and into their new home, but will they have managed to capture the magic of the plot and create a home for the next generation of their family?