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Programme 2: Timahoe

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In programme two of the brand new series of Room to Improve Dermot is in Timahoe, Portlaoise with Dolores and Donal O'Connell. Their five children are all grown-up but still live in the area. Dolores loves having them all home regularly for big family get-togethers. However their children now have partners and there's five grandchildren so when everyone is back at home it's totally crammed. The men end up congregating in the living room, the women and children in the kitchen-diner and Dolores gets stuck cooking in a back kitchen cut off from everyone.

Dolores and Donal call in Dermot because they fear that their family are going to start visiting in turns in order to avoid the overcrowding and alleviate the stress. Dermot has to find a way to get them all circulating in the same space and in order to do this he wants to build a new extension onto the existing living room.

Dolores' 92 year old uncle Paddy lives in the house too and he has to be taken into consideration also. Recently Paddy has been finding it difficult to get upstairs to his bedroom and the bathroom. So Dermot plans to change the kitchen-diner and back kitchen into a downstairs bedroom and bathroom for Paddy.

It's a tall order given that Dolores and Donal's budget stands at ¤60,000 and their house is a former gaol with extremely thick walls. But Dermot has a plan. One of Dolores' sons Benny is a builder and Dermot is hoping that if he can persuade Benny to bid for the job he might do his mum and dad a special "family" deal.

Benny does agree to tender and wins the contract however now Dermot finds himself in an unusual position. Normally Dermot is the key decision maker, the designer, the project manager, the negotiator but this time it's family. Will Dermot's design be compromised as the build gets underway and the family make decisions that leave Dermot out of the loop?

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Fact Sheet

Main contractor
Construction and Architectural Consultants
Kelly O'Connell
Co. Laois

Benny 087 275 5248
Patrick 087 771 9375

Block, Brick Laying & Stone Work
Tony Keane 086 3373148

T & D Kealey 086 3910887

D & J Plumbing 086 1592139

Willie Ramsbottom 087 2506457

Aiden O'Reilly 086 8210335

Paving & Groundwork
Larry Brown 087 7799818

Pat Deegan 086 8326456

Connor Brennan 087 6543582

Concrete & Blocks
Booth Concrete 057 8731840

Building suppliers
Telfords Portlaoise 057 8672700

Roofing membrane
Advanced Butyl Systems 086 9679405

KWS Interiors 057 8660558

Denis McGinley 086 2587326

Manor Stone 057 8734174

Windows and Doors:
Munster Joinery
Tel (064) 51151

Steellite 045 524307

In House
1850 212214
Branches D9, D12, South Co Dublin
Waterford, Cork, Galway & Limerick

Kitchen Fitter
Mulcon Interiors
Clonmoylan House
Co Laois
Mob 086 8236299
Tel 057 87 35914
Fax 057 87 35913

Dolores and Donal
Dolores and Donal
Benny, Dolores and Donal
Benny, Dolores and Donal