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The nightmare's over now that our dream home's finished at last.

Byline: Krysta Eaves Reporter

IT'S been eight years in the making, involved a nervous breakdown, a lot of DIY and much legal wrangling, but a couple have finally built their dream home.

Andy and Mandy Boylett faced many setbacks - from bad weather to planning problems - as they built their new house in their back garden.

With money running out and contractors not doing things right, it saw Mandy who had "never picked a power tool up" in her life, turn her hand at the electrics, tiling and carpentry.

The toll of the project caused Mandy to have a breakdown, but she's now well again and their dormer bungalow is almost complete.

The Yarm family's story - warts and all - is to be shown in Channel 4's Building the Dream programme, presented by architectural designer Charlie Luxton, on Tuesday.

Mum-of-two Mandy, 49, said: "I never thought when I was ill that it would ever be finished.

"But when I look at it now and see everything we've done, I'm proud.

"I'm glad that we agreed for it to be filmed but at the time I was thinking 'People are going to see me being a nutter on national TV'.

"But I don't mind it being shown. Everybody gets depressed and if it makes someone get help than all the better."

The couple decided to build a new home tailored to Andy's medical needs after he was diagnosed with Scheuermann's Disease - a chronic back pain condition which causes mobility problems - in 2001.

It took six-and-a-half years for the couple to get planning permission and another 18 months to build the house, which includes a sunken garden, basement and cinema room at a cost of PS350,000.

Andy, 50, a former site manager at ICI said: "We had a complete nightmare. Last year it seemed to rain constantly for six months which caused problems with the basement and sunken garden."

And due to problems with contractors, Mandy ended up doing some of the work herself as she didn't want Andy to injure himself.

The aerobic instructor who is mum to Durham University graduate Sam, 21 and Egglescliffe School pupil, Tomson, 16, said: "I got so cheesed off with people doing things wrong and we were running out of money so I did the electrics and some of the carpentry, tiling and underfloor heating.

I had never picked up a power tool but Andy told me how to do it."

The programme will be aired on Tuesday at 9pm on More 4.


The living room, kitchen and sunken garden at the Yarm home

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Nov 15, 2013
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