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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Episode 1 - Malahide
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?
EPISODE 2 - RUSH
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.
EPISodE 3 - MOATE
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.
EPISODE 4 - SUTTON
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.