Tuesday 18 December 2018

Mother-of-six reduced to tears on last night's Home Rescue after experts completely revamped her home

Paul and Emily from Kildare react to the revamp
Paul and Emily from Kildare react to the revamp
A tent was set up in the family's back garden to reorganise their possessions.
The family of six outside their home in Kildare
"Clothes, clothes, clothes," one of the children said, when describing their home.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

Last night’s Home Rescue on RTE saw a family of eight completely overhaul their cluttered home, and part with sentimental possesions.

Emily and Dave, childhood sweethearts who grew up on the same street, have six children Nathan, Evan, Keelagh, Zack, twins Heidi and Lauren.

The family admitted last night that, over the years, all of their possessions accumulated in their home to create an “untidy” and “messy” atmosphere.

Emily explained how one room in the house had effectively become a “spin-off of the attic”.

She told how she had been holding on to possessions like her very first bicycle, and her late mother’s hat and bag that she wore on the couple’s wedding day.

“Emily is a sentimental hoarder,” explained Home Rescue’s architect Roisin Murphy.

One of the downstairs rooms had become a spin-off attic
One of the downstairs rooms had become a spin-off attic

“If you have lost somebody, the objects that they have left behind are very important to you. But there’s a point when they become almost ghost like, and almost haunting, so I’m hoping that I can help her get rid of some of the stuff.”

Roisin redesigned the home such that Dave and Emily swapped bedrooms with some of the children, and the extraneous room in the house became a play room for the children with Swedish gym rails, a swing, and a sensory room.

The family finally parted with some of their possessions and filled a large skip.

"It's airy and it's spacious," Paul said as he walked around his revamped home, while Emily welled up with happiness.

Take a look at the results:

The new playroom
The new playroom
The childrens' new bedroom
The childrens' new bedroom
The revamped hallway
The revamped hallway
Paul and Emily's new room
Paul and Emily's new room

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