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Programme 2: Glasnevin

This week Dermot is in Glasnevin with Terry and Peadar Clarke and their two children Marie Bernadette and Luke. The entire downstairs of their home needs to be made accessible for Peadar who will soon end up in a wheelchair.

Peadar was brought to Lourdes in 1989, suffering with multiple sclerosis. On his last night the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and he was cured. Since his cure in Lourdes Peadar has had 5 hip replacements and unfortunately they haven't worked. Now Peadar and his family must prepare for what's ahead, the fact that Peadar will be in a wheelchair soon.

Neither Peadar or Terry want to do something "clinical" with the house. They explain to Dermot that they don't want to end up with ramps everywhere. They want an accessible home, that's still a home.

In order to achieve that Dermot needs to completely rearrange the functions of the downstairs of their home for ¤40,000.

"The house feels cramped and it feels small but it's not. It's really badly designed. It's really badly laid out. As an accessible house it's a joke".

Dermot works on the plans but has one big concern, he's gone over budget.

"I don't think it's worth doing the job unless you go the whole hog. I think the whole house isn't working for them and the whole house is really dark and to correct that we're actually going to have to spend that much money".

The sum of money he's talking about is ¤58,000 that's 18 grand over budget, a big issue for a household with just one earner - Terry.

In truth Terry and Peadar need little persuading, they immediately see the value in Dermot's designs and and go for it. And so the work commences.

Peadar's disability means that the family continue to live in the upstairs of their home while the downstairs gets completely ripped out. Terry living there means she inspects everything the builders do every night and leaves them lists to deal with every morning. An engineer has to be called in at short notice when the builders discover that Dermot has indicated the demolition of a supporting wall in his plans. And at the final furlong Terry and Dermot come to blows over paint colours.

But all's well that end's well, isn't it. Tune in to Room to Improve to find out.


Fact Sheet

Main Contractor:

Office 05787 35914 / 35943
Fax 057 8735913
Mobile 086 8236299

Work completed by MULCON:
Main Build
Painting & Decoration


Aluminium Roof Light
Tel 09097 45454 / 45620

Household Appliances
01 6266798

BTW Main Floor tiles
BTW Tilesavers,
Sandyford, Co Dublin.
T: 01 291 3140
Contact: Aleathea 086 8340972

Miles of Tiles
Downstairs Toilet
057 8680790
087 971 7677

Tanyard Joinery
Manufacture of Back and Internal Doors
057 9351231

Heat Distributors
01 8648950

Disabled Toilet System
01 2851233

Steel Fabrications
MJ Coleman
086 8342386

Furniture and Carpets
Frank McGowans,
Unit 17 Airside Retail Park,
Swords, Dublin
01 8706100

Vertical Blinds
Roche Blinds
086 8972090

Flat Screen TV
D.I.D. Electrical
01 814 0545

Decorative Finishes
Adams Interiors @ Frank McGowans
01 870 6190

Sub contractors:

Electrician Contractor:
Kieran Boxwell
086 8785072

Plumbing Contractor
Royal flush Plumbing & Heating
087 6899728

Tiling Contractor
Dave Cronin

Professional Services:

Thomas Garland & Partners
Civil and Structural Engineers
Sean Quigley
01 4964 322

Michael Nolan Associates
Quantity Surveyors,
1 Maywood Grove,
Dublin 5
Telephone/Fax: 01 851 1405


Dermot with the Clarkes
Dermot with the Clarkes
Dermot with Terry Clarke
Dermot with Terry Clarke