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A House to Retire in - Greystones, Wicklow

After years of living all over the world, Joe and Michelle Dempsey have come back home to Ireland and are creating the home they want to retire in. They have bought a standard, one-story house built in the 1970s. With a budget of ¤130,000 their priority is to make the house more comfortable so they are upgrading it from its current E rating to a B.

But the insulation measures they are putting in don't seem to be enough to get them up to this high level of efficiency. Coupled with this, they are putting in a big expanse of north facing glass which could negate everything they are hoping to achieve. Can Duncan convince them to change their minds before it's too late?

Within this story, we will also be spending some time with Interior Designer and Salvage Expert Vanessa McInnes. Vanessa travels around Europe salvaging industrial metal furniture before bringing it back home to restore and sell in her shop in Temple Bar. She is currently renovating her own house.

We follow Vanessa as she goes to a salvage market to find furniture pieces and gives the viewer tips on what to look for. We interview her furniture restorer as he embarks on the painstaking job of renovating these classic pieces and see Vanessa's home take shape as she shows how to create an eclectic, salvage-inspired home.

Contacts for Episode 1 - Greystones

Joe and Michelle Dempsey
Architect: Freddie Miller
FMBC (Freddie Millar Building Consultancy),

St. Mary's House,
4 St. Mary's Road,
Co. Wicklow Phone: +353 (0)402 33628
Fax: +353 (0)402 91772
Email: info@fmbc.ie
Website: www.fmbc.ie

Builder: Mark Whelan
Ballanagh Ltd.,

Avoca, Co. Wicklow
Email: mwmarkwhelan@gmail.com
Mobile: +353 (0)87 251 9835

Insulation: John Quiney
External Insulation Ireland Ltd.,

Kilcoole Industrial Estate, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow
Phone: +353 (0)1 281 1251
Mobile: +353 (0)86 823 0101
Fax: +353 (0)1 281 1237
Email: info@externalinsulation.ie
Website: www.externalinsulation.ie

Artist: Ann Keller
Mobile: +353 (0)87 249 8807
Email: travel.annk@hotmail.com
Website: www.annmargaretkeller.com

Golf Club
Charlesland Golf Club,

Co. Wicklow
Phone: +353 (0)1 287 8200
Fax: +353 (0)1 287 0078
Website: www.charlesland.com

Salvage Interior Design - Vanessa McInnes
Interior Designer: Vanessa McInnes

Industry, 5 Smock Alley,
Essex St. West,
Cows Lane,
Temple Bar,
Dublin 8 Phone: +353 (0)1 613 9111
Email: info@industrydesign.ie
Website: www.industrydesign.ie

Metalworker: Colm Bagnall
Bushy Park Ironworks,

Units 22-24,
Greenhills Business Park,
Tallaght, D24
Phone: +353 (0)1 462 2788
Fax: +353 (0) 1 462 2790
Email: info@bushyparkironworks.com
Website: www.bushyparkironworks.com

Brocante Market
The Brocante,
The Co-op,
Newmarket Square,
Dublin 8

Phone: +353 (0)85 146 1277 Email: info@thebrocantemarket.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thebrocantemarket
Website: www.thebrocantemarket.com
(Brocante Christmas Market is on the 11th of December 2011)

North Facing Glass
Contractor: John McKenna
Ameswood Construction Ltd.
Phone: +353 (0)86 316 2840

Architect: Gareth Brennan
G.B.A Architects,

2 Vernon Avenue,
Dublin 3
Phone: +353 (0)1 853 0282
Website: www.gbarchitect.ie
Email: info@gbarchitect.ie or gareth@gbarchitect.ie

Zen Window
The Clarence Hotel
The Clarence,
6-8 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Phone: +353 (0)1 407 0800
Fax: +353 (0)1 407 0820
Email: reservations@theclarence.ie
Website: www.theclarence.ie

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