Virtual voyeurs watch DIY peep show
An enterprising British couple has saved £100,000 by decorating their bungalow live on the Web. DIY fanatics Paul and Louise Jones are pulling in around 32,000 hits every night from surfing voyeurs keen to watch them grouting and wallpapering their Dorset home. The two were quick to pick up on the advertising potential, and have gained sponsorship from more than 400 firms, including Dulux, Black & Decker and Laura Ashley. With their help, they have turned their £98,000 abode of three years ago into a £380,000 masterpiece. Perks the décor dabblers have received include: carpets worth £10,000; paint worth £6,000; and an £18,000 American-style wooden deck that surrounds the property. "The way it has snowballed over the past few months is unbelievable," said mum-of-four Louise. "We are offering something different from traditional TV decorating programmes. "It is an honest warts-and-all fly-on-the-wall documentary. If Paul hits his thumb with a hammer, there's no editing of what he says!" Their site, Internethomemakers.com, has been such a hit that the two have registered the ideas as their own company, Internet HomeMakers Ltd. They plan to continue the winning idea once the property is finished – they currently have Feng Shui experts perfecting the place – by buying another house in Dorset which they plan to change into a Spanish-style villa online. DIY freaks can watch paint dry at the Jones' between 5.30pm and 7.30pm every night here® Related stories Sex change op to be broadcast on the Web Planet support staff put themselves in the picture
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