A mother who remembered her near-death encounter every time she entered her living room was left in tears after her home underwent an impressive renovation in just three days.
Appearing on Channel 4’s The Great Home Transformation tomorrow night, Lombe, from Swansea, reflected on how the battle against Covid during the initial lockdown had left her fearing she would die on her couch.
The full-time nurse said that every time she saw the couch, she was reminded of the difficulty she had breathing, while her husband Gregory was determined to take away the painful memories for his wife.
After the transformation’s efforts were revealed, she was overjoyed and said, “I’m going to sit in the same chair I almost passed by in this living room and the memories just come back.” It’s a new page and a new day for this family.’
Lombe, from Swansea, was left in tears after her home underwent an impressive renovation in just three days on Channel 4’s The Great Home Renovation
The family confessed that they struggled with traumatic memories of Lombe’s battle with Covid in their lounge Picture: the living room in front
But after the team came in to renovate the space, the family was amazed at how different the room felt.
Presenters Nick Grimshaw and Emma Willis teamed up with award-winning interior designer Alex Dauley and master craftsman Tim Hitchens to improve the layout and appearance of the Mwanza family home.
Emma explained that the traditional three-bedroom Victorian semi-room had become cramped after Gregory and Lombe’s two grown children moved home.
Lombe said, “We kind of live in a way where we just tolerate each other.”
However, their daughter admitted that they were arguing because of the “chaos” in their home.
Through careful research and planning, the team found that Lombe often fell asleep in front of the TV to avoid her uncomfortable and cluttered bedroom (pictured above)
However, the team gave her bedroom a new lease of life with colorful wallpaper and upgraded furniture (pictured below)
The design team installed specialized motion cameras to track the family and created heat maps to help determine who was using which space and for how long.
Interior designer Alex then used the information to create a bespoke plan for renovating the house, while acknowledging that the open plan downstairs was not suitable for the family.
The cameras also showed that the family only used their dining area two percent of the time and took up a lot of space.
Lombe was also seen falling asleep in front of the TV after her long shifts at the care home, appearing desperate to avoid her cluttered and uncomfortable bedroom.
She explained that she had contracted Covid-19 during the early weeks of the UK lockdown in April 2020.
The family said the living room had become a traumatic memory of Lombe’s battle with Covid during the initial lockdown. Pictured: Living room before
But after the renovation, Lombe was left visibly emotional and crying when she saw the changes to her home
Looking back on her recent illness, Gregory said, “It was the darkest moment. I almost lost my wife.’
Meanwhile, Lombe recalled: ‘I was watching television and suddenly I couldn’t breathe. He held me in his arms and I felt myself go slowly.
“I knew this was it, I’m not getting out of here.”
The family admitted that the living room had become a traumatic memory of Lombe’s near-death experience.
Gregory’s home office was previously tucked away in a corner of the house and didn’t practically work in the family home
The team completely transformed the workspace, with a new, larger desk and a trendy office chair
Lombe was taken to look at a mood board created by Alex to give her a glimpse of the house’s transformation, and was immediately blown away by his plans.
She was visibly moved to see the light, spacious design Alex has planned for her home.
Lombe went to work, while Gregory joined the team to redecorate the house by painting the walls of the living room.
Meanwhile, the couple’s daughter and presenter Emma took care of the color of the bedroom.
Alex (pictured second from right) explained how the team had zoned the lower section to ease tensions
Alex decided to get rid of the family’s open-plan living room by dividing the space into zones that would help relieve their tensions.
The team has also added ceiling-to-floor storage to give the family a tidy space for their game consoles and vinyl discs.
The team installed wallpaper that could be easily removed without damaging the wall on the chimney, before Gregory set up a large new desk to do his job.
A double-glazed door was added to divide the living room, giving the family a chance to shut out the sound of the television being watched at the same time as a business conversation.
The dining room got a lick of paint and the decor was renewed in a trendy and stylish way
Alex instructed the team to install folding glass-framed doors (pictured) to divide the living room from the dining room
The Mwanza family was shocked as they entered the transformed downstairs, as Lombe wiped away the tears.
She said, ‘It doesn’t look like my house anymore. It looks absolutely beautiful.
“There aren’t enough words in the vocabulary to express how I feel right now. I am so grateful.’
The family went on to say that the transformation had infinitely improved their home, adding Lombe, “For the first time I’ve seen a smile, it feels like home.”
Lombe (pictured, with Gregory) was emotional after seeing the transformation after saying it brought a smile to their family
The Great Home Transformation airs tomorrow at 8pm on Channel 4 or is available on All4