ROOM TO IMPROVE
Room to Improve is a factual entertainment series broadcast on RTÉ ONE. Fronted by Architect Dermot Bannon, this home renovation series features a diverse mix of renovations, rescues and new builds.
Dermot Bannon balances his role of designer with that of a diplomat, mediator and project manager as he fights his corner with feisty contractors and has his diplomacy skills tested by clients who know exactly what they want.
Many diverse projects – one headstrong architect.
Still – there’s always Room To Improve.
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David and Nessa’s split level house is in a cul-de-sac, close to The Curragh, and is full of interesting quirks, like curved interior walls, a corridor with 7 doors leading into bedrooms and bathrooms and most alarmingly - a 600 square meter garden, with a 40 degree slope rising to a height well above the roof of the house. With a budget of just over 220k, architect Dermot Bannon has a huge challenge on his hands, both inside and outside the house.
In the second episode of Room To Improve, Dermot Bannon heads to Borrisoleigh, Co. Tipperarry, to meet Joe Kenny and his bride to be Mary Hayes.
Joe’s house is a 3 bedroom, 2 storey house on a half acre site about half a mile from Borrisoleigh, with beautiful views of green fields. Mary and he are creating their dream home, to move into just after their wedding.
Yvonne and Adrian’s house is a detached 1950s two-bedroom property, in need of massive transformation. Dermot likens it to a ‘Hansel and Gretel’ house.
For Dermot, one of the most appealing features is the pebbledash exterior. The couple, however, has a completely different opinion on the outside walls. They want to get rid of the pebbledash, Dermot has other ideas.
In Ashford Co. Wicklow stands the house of Nigel and Frances Coffey. Frances’s parents live next door. Several years ago her father built a private road and gave seven plots of land to his seven children.
The house is a typical 1990’s bungalow, built from a handbook. It was perfect for them 20 years ago, but with 5 children ranging in ages from 9 to 26 and with girlfriends, friends, a dog and family living near by, the house is just too cramped and they struggle for space.
Claudia and Tom bought this 1920’s bungalow with panoramic views of Tramore Bay in 2012 for €305K. Just back from living abroad (Spain, Dubai and Germany) they have been living in the house for the past year.
Dermot has his work cut out for him, to fulfill Claudia’s Feng Shui brief and to make the most of the sea views, without compromising their privacy. He creates a design that hopefully will make his clients happy.
Glenn Keating and Gustav van der Westhuizen live in Grace Park, Drumcondra, with their 5-year-old son Noah and two pet Weimaraner dogs.
The house comes with it’s own difficulties; previously owned by siblings the property was carved into two separate living spaces and is filled with quirky features alongside it’s original features and separate heating systems.
Country and Irish legend Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella share a large four bed detached home in Kincasslagh West Donegal. Unlike Daniel, who’s fairly happy with the place, Majella is keen to upgrade and reconfigure the interior. With her husband on tour, she’s determined to get the very best from her architect.
Nine years ago, Susie and Dave bought their dream home on the outskirts of Fermoy in Cork – a 170 year old three storey mansion that Susie has admired since she was a teenager. The house however, has begun to show its age and Susie and Dave want to extend and upgrade to create the ultimate family home.
IT manager Christine has bought herself a red brick terraced house in Clontarf, North Dublin. Christine has big plans for the place but as Dermot quickly discovers, they’re far bigger than her 130K budget will allow. And despite his best efforts, Dermot is unable to convince Christine to modify her 25 page wish list.
Dairy farmer Padraig and schoolteacher Katie are hoping to create their ‘forever’ home by renovating a century-old farmhouse on a half acre of land recently inherited from Padraig’s uncle. But delivering this dream won’t be easy for their architect. Dermot’s problems begin when he presents his initial design and it Katie announces that she has no time for ‘open plan’ living. Awarding Dermot ‘zero out of ten’, she promptly sends him back to the drawing board.
Robbie and Julie from Darndale in North Dublin have saved for over 20 years to buy the house of their dreams - a 1940s cottage in the picturesque north Dublin suburb of Malahide. With a budget of 180K, Dermot’s clients plan to gut the cottage, doubling its size with a spacious new two-storey extension to the rear, but the remediation costs are high. Can Dermot create the home his client’s have dreamed of, or will this build descend into a nightmare?
Farmer and Boatbuilder Enda and his wife Mags live on a 55 acre Brussel Sprout farm at Balheary near Swords in North Dublin. After three decades of life in the country, they’re moving back to Enda’s home town – the picturesque seaside village of Rush. Their new home, formerly owned by Enda’s aunt is an old fisherman’s house near the harbour, but as Dermot is about to discover, Enda is NO ordinary client.
Moate in County Westmeath, is a place where football is part sport, part religion. On an overgrown plot on the outskirts of town lies the abandoned future home of county GAA All Star Dessie Dolan, his wife Kelly and their 3-year-old son Nathan. They have bought themselves a dilapidated cottage on a hopelessly exposed site in the village.. Hemmed in by a housing estate, a golf course and an old railway line, they want a family home with the one thing this site doesn't offer - privacy.
At Sutton in North Dublin, Dermot extends a 1960s suburban house, changing a beloved childhood home into a sumptuous new one for Hannah, James and their twin sons. To give the couple the ‘wow factor’ they’ve asked for, Dermot designs a large L-shaped extension at the rear of the house with a soaring mezzanine level but, even before the plan goes out to tender, QS Lisa and the site engineer Keith realise that Dermot’s ‘piece of magic’ will impact the budget.
Having rented a house in Navan for the last two years, teacher Celine and sound engineer Dave are excited at the prospect of moving to a farmhouse once owned by her grandparents at Kildalkey village in County Meath where Celine grew up.
The couple will be the fourth generation to live there and retaining the charm and character of the old place is a major concern for the whole family
In the three years since newlyweds Rosie and Keith bought their five-bed house in Templeogue, Dublin 6, they haven't changed a thing. From the dark, cold interiors to the cavity block, flat roofed extension, this house is a relic of 1970s design, with décor to match.
Keen to create a unique take on the rather unimaginative suburban semi, Dermot designs a radical, steep-roofed extension to the rear of the house, much to the concern of the neighbours who worry it will overshadow their garden.