Love Your Home & Garden: episode two

Love Your Home & Garden: episode two

The Seesurrun family

Manisha and Rajeev are childhood sweethearts and have been together since meeting at a wedding when Manisha was just fourteen. Aahhh…! They bought their dream house in 2003, five years after they got married. It was an old house, but one they could envisage being in together and eventually raising a family in. 

The couple enjoyed their home, but still longed for children to fill it – so began to try for a family. Manisha became pregnant, but suffered miscarriages twice before falling pregnant a third time and welcoming their son Aryan into the world. However, Aryan  was born with dystonic quadriplegic cerebral palsy.

The couple who had so longed to start a family of their own were advised that Aryan would require a lifetime of care doctors expected he wouldn’t live past the age of fifteen.  They set out to adapt their life and Manisha, now decided to leave work to be Aryan’s full time carer, leaving Rajeev to be the sole breadwinner. The finished home on episode two of ITV's Love Your Home and Garden, with Katie Rushworth and Alan Titchmarsh

Aryan is now a 9 year old boy who is severely disabled: he is totally paralysed and has to rely on his mum for everything. He is unable to move apart from his head but can communicate through laughing or smiling. 

Manisha spends her days at home with Aryan while Rajeev goes out to work full time. Their house is totally unsuitable for their needs as a family and they are often confined to rooms because they have such difficulty manoeuvring Aryun’s equipment, and of course their son himself as he grows up and gets both taller and heavier.

Knowing how the transformation of their house would drastically improve this family’s lives was the biggest driver on what turned out to be an EPIC build! There was so much work to do – my first visit on site was quite a shocker – the whole back of the house had been knocked out and was dumped in the garden!

But check out the results! It looked AMAZING!The finished home on episode two of ITV's Love Your Home and Garden, with Katie Rushworth and Alan Titchmarsh

The finished home on episode two of ITV's Love Your Home and Garden, with Katie Rushworth and Alan Titchmarsh

The finished home on episode two of ITV's Love Your Home and Garden, with Katie Rushworth and Alan Titchmarsh

The finished home on episode two of ITV's Love Your Home and Garden, with Katie Rushworth and Alan Titchmarsh

The finished home on episode two of ITV's Love Your Home and Garden, with Katie Rushworth and Alan Titchmarsh

The finished home on episode two of ITV's Love Your Home and Garden, with Katie Rushworth and Alan Titchmarsh