Corby DIY SOS Big Build Show finally on TV tonight

A Corby family home converted with the help of volunteers from BBC One TV show DIY SOS Big Build is unveiled tonight – two and a half years after it was completed.

The Hutchison family had been desperate for a specially adapted home to help their eldest son, Jordan, who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy and is unable to use his hands.

Viewers will see how the empty shell of a building becomes a beautiful family home that will change the lives of the family of five and give independence to parents Jackie and Colin and their children Jordan, Kyle and Lacey.

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Nick Knowles, host of DIY SOS with Jackie, Colin, Jordan and Kyle Hutchison earlier this year

Jordan, then 16, will be celebrating his 19th birthday next week and mum Jackie says it will be a great start to his celebrations when the program airs.

She said: “We’re a bit nervous but excited. It’s been so long, but we’ve left the house unchanged except for a new couch – we couldn’t all fit the ones they gave us.

“Customizing the home has changed Jordan’s life tremendously. His confidence has grown. The house is safe for him to leave for a few hours.

“It’s wonderful – he can use the shower and the bathroom. It’s independence for him and us.”

Volunteer master builders start with the hall and lounge areas

The family had lived in a rented apartment for 12 years because the house they owned wasn’t big enough to house Jordan’s special equipment.

They had started a construction project but could not complete it. It was the fourth time the family got lucky after the producers of the popular BBC TV show reached out and were accepted for the team’s help.

With no water or electricity in the house, the timing for choosing the Big Build was perfect.

The Hutchison family enjoys Christmas in their new home

The show’s post-production has been held up during the Covid pandemic.

Since filming, Jackie and Colin have both volunteered at a Big Build project in Stoke and worked in the garden at a community centre.

Jackie said: “It was really weird to see on the other side all the different people coming and working together. It was wonderful. We gave something back.”

Jackie Hutchison, Nick Knowles and Colin Hutchison

The Hutchison family will be watching the program together at home for the first time as they haven’t seen a preview yet.

Mum Jackie said: “It changed our lives and kept us together as a family. We would like to thank everyone who sacrificed their time, accepted a loss of earnings or took time away from their families. We really appreciate that. We cannot thank all the volunteers and local businesses enough. It’s absolutely amazing.”

The Hutchison family relaxes in the garden
Jordan likes to play billiards
Jordan Hutchison in his new bedroom

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