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11:00 - 29 March 2004

A Hapless home-builder, whose struggle to get his eco-friendly house off the ground almost ended in divorce, has been rescued by a team of DIY experts. Dave Kelson and his family had been homeless for more than three years as the 39-year-old's attempt to build his environmentally-friendly timber-frame home in St Werburghs hit obstacle after obstacle.

The family bought the plot and sold their previous home to finance the purchase and to pay for building costs, since when they have been living with Dave's brother-in-law.

With Dave still unable to see the wood for the trees and bills mounting, he turned to the BBC's DIY SOS TV show, presented by Nick Knowles, to get the project back on track.

Dave has remained tight-lipped about what was done so as not to spoil the surprise when the show is aired, but he said the team had helped him complete the kitchen and living area.

Dave, a full-time house husband, said: "I am absolutely delighted with how it has gone.

"They have come along at just the right time.

"We were at the end of our tether. My wife was ready to divorce me and so were my kids - it was a nightmare.

"DIY SOS may have saved my marriage.

"It's a gift, there is no financial value you can put on it."

Dave's wife, Sarah Bailey, was kept in the dark about the progress.

She said: "I'm looking forward to the surprise and our children, Caragh and Luke, are so excited."

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