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Programme 4: Clontarf

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Declan and Judy Cadwell from Clontarf share a small terraced home with their three sons, Christopher 19, Ross 17 and Jake 13. But only just.

The family's main living area is used for the boy's study work, family dining, laundry and computers. It's a lot of functions for a room that acts as a corridor into their kitchen. The five Cadwells also share one bathroom and that's a recipe for disaster. As Dermot's about to find out, Declan and Judy's design brief can be summed up in two simple words: more rooms. Their budget is ¤80,000.

Dermot's redesign turns out to be as much about light as space. The orientation of the Cadwell's house makes it seem dark and gloomy. Dermot's plan to demolish the existing kitchen extension and replace it with a glazed L-shaped extension will flood the rear of the building with light. The only remaining dark part of the house will contain a new; much needed wet room for the boys and utility room for Judy.

In early April the build begins and the family, along with most of their furniture, move out. For the next twelve weeks, all five Cadwells will be staying with Judy's mum nearby in Sutton. However on day one Declan's spends three hours waiting to let the builders in and no one shows up.

Dermot attempts to contact the foreman Barry and when he gets no response he manages to speak to his supervisor, Stephen. For Dermot this behavior is unprecedented and some tough conversations have to be had to determine whether or not to go ahead with these builders. With apologies and reassurances in place work commences the following day.

As the building work continues it becomes obvious that Dermot and Judy don't exactly share the same taste.

They first come to blows on the flooring and after a long discussion Judy says: "I got my way on it and that's what usually happens."

Later when an aesthetic clash occurs over the choice of tiles in the kitchen Judy again sticks to her guns but has to admit: "I was that close to asking him to leave."

See how it all unfolds on Room to Improve, Wednesday 9th July at 8.30pm on RTÉ One.

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Fact Sheet

Main contractor:
Ashford Construction
9 Mullinary Road, Middletown, Co. Armagh BT604HW
Barry McArdle - (00353)868105414
Darrin McArdle -(00353)861795886

Project Management/Quantity Surveying:
SD Consultancy Ltd
109 Carrive Rd, Forhill, Newry, Co Armagh BT359TF
Stephen Duggan (00353)861729981, (0044)2830886611

Groundwork, drainage. Concrete floor, foundations:
Damian Cumiskey
Tullynacrunnat, Castleblaney Co Monaghan
Damian Cumiskey - 0429743978, (00353)876457989

Windows and Doors:
Munster Joinery
Tel (064) 51151

Structural Steel:
EPM Structural Steel
113 Glassdrummond Rd, Sliverbridge, Newry Co Armagh
Paddy Malone- (0044)2830886537

Seamus Nugent
Seamus Nugent - (0044)77391117525

Building providers / decking material:
Heiton Buckley

Building providers:
046 9021999

O Shanley Heating & Plumping Ltd
Broomfield, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan
Oliver Shanley

Kitchen units:
In-House at the panelling Centre
Furry Park, Old Airport Road Santry

Steel lintols:
Steelite Ltd
Rathangan Co Kildare
John Nolan- 045524307

Internal doors:
Newry Building Supplies
Rampart Road,
Greenbank Industrial Estate,
Newry, Co Down, BT34 2QU
(0044)28 3026 7626

Roof light:
Williaam Cox Ireland Ltd
Cloverhill Indsrial Estate, Clondalkin Dublin
(00353) 14605400

Flat roof Covering:
Shamrock Asphalt Ltd
Unit 45 Finglas Business Centre, Jamestown Rd, Dublin 11
John Redmond 018341060, 0862571935

Tiles and hardwood floors:
Borderline Tiles
Middletown, Co Armagh
Dominic (0044)7711247352

Joinery work, Tiling, Kitchen Fitting, Decking:
Ashford Construction
as above

Etched/clear Glazing to doors

Jonesborough Stained Glass:
Unit 3,
Flurrybridge Enterprise Centre Jonesborough,
Co. Armagh N. Ireland
BT35 8SQ
Tel: 028 30 848688, Fax: 028 30 849939

Outdoor Plants:
Blackbanks Garden Centre,
754 Howth Road, Blackbanks, Dublin 5.
Tel 01 832 7047

Patio Furniture:
Nolan's Hardware Ltd.,
49 Vernon Ave, Clontarf, Dublin 3
Tel 833 4219

Architectural Solutions:
47 Harrington Street,
Dublin 8
Tel: 01 475 0000
Fax: 01 475 0333
Contact: Saibh Rigney

Dermot with Declan and Judy Caldwell
Dermot with Declan and Judy Caldwell