DIY SOS - Price Family’s Eco-Chic Kitchen

Sparkling green Granite Transformations worktops, made from recycled wine and beer bottles, formed the centrepiece of a home makeover project by DIY SOS, the BBC’s flagship renovation programme and amongst the most successful factual series on British TV. The eyecatching, diamond-polished worktops, from the eco-friendly recycled glass collection, were installed by two of our fitters in a single day’s filming, having been templated and fabricated off-site.

Presented by Nick Knowles and featuring a regular team of builders and electricians, as well as interior designer Julia Kendell, DIY SOS visits and renovates viewers’ homes and is the longest running show of its genre. For this show, set in the Welsh Valleys, the team took on one of its biggest challenges to date, by totally transforming a terraced house. They had been asked to help bring the Price family of Brynmawr, South Wales, back together again, by completing an unfinished DIY project … and a whole lot more.

After a run of good luck, swiftly followed by redundancy and debilitating illness, the new kitchen extension started by dad Ceri had been left unfinished and the former council house virtually uninhabitable.

The kitchen and its dreamed-of new units were naturally the starting point and designer Julia, having read about Granite Transformations’ eco-chic work surfaces, decided they would be perfect for the project. The finished makeover made a big visual impact on the show, Julia describing the recycled glass surface as ‘a beautiful thing’ and ‘proper shiny’. Householders Sarah and Ceri were actually reduced to tears on seeing the newly transformed kitchen, with Sarah whispering ‘I can’t speak, it’s wonderful’.