THERE were tears and hugs all round as a family returned to their home to see how it has been transformed by a TV makeover show.
The house in Whiteley has been done up by crews from DIY SOS after a friend wrote to the BBC show about the everyday struggles that Haanagh and Michael Smith face.
The house was simply too small to give them and their disabled two-year-old twin boys a decent standard of living.
Mr and Mrs Smith and sons Harry, eight, and Reuben and Zachary, two, had found it increasingly hard to cope in the house as their family grew.
But now it’s been transformed.
Although the exact details of the work done are under wraps until the show is aired next spring, it was obvious the team had built an extension and added a play house called ‘Harry’s House’ to the back garden – something that Harry is delighted with.
He said: ‘The best bit is my hideout. My friends will be speechless when they see it. It’s going to be awesome – my brothers are going to love it too.’
Cheers went up as dozens of workmen handed over the renovated home in an emotional reunion.
Tradesmen from all over the south gave their time for free to convert the home to make life easier for them.
A large crowd of neighbours and friends gathered to watch the final scenes of the program where the family thank all the tradesmen.
‘It’s just unbelievable. The support from the community is overwhelming,’ said Mr Smith.
‘I haven’t got enough time to thank everyone. What they have done in 10 days is just breathtaking.’
Grandmother Sandy Mitchell said: ‘I cannot even begin to tell you what a difference this will make to the quality of all their lives.’
Reuben and Zachary were born prematurely at 29 weeks weighing just 3lb and 2lb.
Zachary was born severely deaf and had meningitis twice. Reuben suffered a brain injury and was later diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy which means he cannot move unaided.
The Smiths had left the house in Saffron Way, Whiteley for 10 days as part ofthe show.
An emotional Mrs Smith said: ‘It is more than life-changing. When I walked in there, it just felt immediately like home. It is unbelievable how hard people have worked. The work that people have put in for us is just amazing, now I’ve finally stopped crying, I just want to say thank you to everyone.’