Gareth Hutchings from Cardiff has made the national top 10 shortlist for the Lockdown Glow-Up competition launched by heating and bathroom experts BestHeating and Big Bathroom Shop.

Residents from the UK were asked to submit before and after photos of a home DIY project they’ve undertaken during lockdown to be in with the chance of winning £1000 worth of heating and bathroom goodies.

After research from BestHeating and Big Bathroom Shop revealed a third of Brits had been putting off their project due to not having enough time, the experts launched the competition to see the fantastic DIY transformations Brits have been working on now that we have more time at home.

The most common areas in the house receiving upgrades were the garden (25%), bedroom (17%), lounge (14%) and kitchen (14%), with over half of DIY-ers (51%) undertaking painting and decorating.

Cardiff residents have been undertaking painting and decorating (39%) and deep cleaning (24%) the most during lockdown, with 16 per cent claiming it hadn’t quite gone as they had expected, and almost a fifth (18%) now inspired to work on other rooms in their home.

Describing his bathroom project on a tight schedule, Gareth commented: “We finished a day before our lockdown new born baby Albie arrived. Out with the log cabin and in with the glam, we changed the position of the bath and are super pleased with how it turned out. The baby loves the wallpaper just as much as us!”

“I am really thrilled to have got through to the final ten! The transformation definitely kept me busy during lockdown and the finished result made my partner very happy! It’s somewhere she can relax after having the baby (also during lockdown!).”

The competition had over 140 entries with many amazing transformations submitted. The entries have been whittled down to a top 10 by a panel of interior expert judges. With the project shortlist – ranging from gardens, staircases, kitchen and bathroom updates – finalised, voting is now open to the British public until July 29th 2020 to decide the winner.

The other nine shortlisted DIY projects are:

Adele Wilford from Halifax

Brenda Melaniphy from Littlehampton

Ceri Richards from Oswestry

Ellen Morgan from Maidenhead

Joe Johnson from Manchester

Kirsty Pearson from Cambridge

Laura Dunnings from Southampton

Michelle Klien from Manchester

Rebecca Lewis from Huddersfield

John Lawless, content marketing manager at BestHeating and Big Bathroom Shop commented: “The number and quality of projects we’ve had submitted in this competition has been fantastic. We can see the huge effort Brits have gone to in transforming their homes, from bathrooms to hallways, gardens and staircases.

“It has been both a delight and a tricky task choosing the top 10 shortlist with our panel of interior experts. We wish the nominees good luck and look forward to crowning a winner at the end of the month!”