DIY SOS family moving out of 'hell' house after Nick Knowles 'wrecks home'

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A family who were gifted a renovation from DIY SOS are moving out of the home after claiming the show ‘wrecked’ the place.

Peter Chapman and his Cheltenham-based family filmed the popular daytime show in February 2020 but have since found the home inadequate.

The 64-year-old is a full-time carer for his wife Sarah who uses a wheelchair, his unwell daughter Suzanne and autistic brother Steve, who all live in the bungalow.

While the Charlton Kings renovation seemed to go to plan in the episode, Peter claims the BBC ruined his bungalow and has been embroiled in a legal battle ever since.

Complaints of a leaking roof, too steep wheelchair ramp, and issues of poor workmanship have plagued the family.

Now, they are cutting ties to the home and moving out to the US to be closer to Peter’s son who has been out there for 20 years.

‘DIY SOS has robbed me of the last three years and the stress is killing me,’ Peter told the Daily Mail.

‘My wife Sarah and daughter Suzanne have not been able to use the outdoor facilities that were built by DIY SOS because it is now in a dangerous condition, which they were made aware of and they acknowledged over two years ago but nothing was done.’

At the time of filming, the family had also just lost a daughter, Margaret, to Myotonic Dystrophy, a genetic disorder that affects muscle function.

Suzanne and Sarah also live with the disorder, and Peter claims they have had incidents in the house which ‘could have been fatal’.

He shared that the wall bars, used for supporting less able-bodied people, ‘came away’ when Sarah used them – this was the first day back in the house.

Peter added: ‘Part of the floor collapsed in the hallway, while I was walking on it, which again could have been fatal for my wife or my daughter.’

It’s claimed that he also asked the organisers not to air the show in June 2022 and has faced embarrassment in his local community since.

A BBC spokesperson told ‘DIY SOS is a heart-warming programme that brings communities together and helps improve the lives of those in need thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who give up their time to participate.

‘As with all of our previous projects, the Charlton Kings build was planned and completed in accordance with the necessary required regulatory approvals and signed off onsite by building control.’

The BBC insisted that solutions have been offered to Peter in order to reconcile the matter, all of which he has declined.

A sum of £15,000 for repairs was suggested, according to The Daily Mail, but Peter rejected this and claimed over double that would be needed.

The broadcaster added that the renovation had been completed up to regulations and sought impartial third-party advice to assess the property when Peter declined its offers of help.

Additionally, the BBC claimed that it was aware of home improvements made by Peter since it finished filming, which it had no involvement with.

It said it took its duty of care to its contributors very seriously, offered Peter support and returned personal items to him.

Peter said: ‘We’re so fed up with it that we will eventually be moving. It’s a difficult decision but I feel so wronged at what they did to me.

‘They just put their foot down on me and said “no”. I just don’t feel comfortable here any more.’

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