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Programme 8: Ballinteer

NB: This programme was only available for 21 days and has now expired.

Ailish and Patrick Bates are a young couple running out of space - fast! They live in a small 3 bedroomed bungalow in Ballinteer, Dublin 16.

They have a three-year-old and one-year-old twins and are very conscious that their boys are getting bigger by the day!

Their friends and family told them they were mad to buy their house two years ago but they disagreed, they saw potential - lots of room in the garden to extend and great scope to improve the house.

They love the area because it's convenient to Patrick's job and they have lots of family living nearby.

Dermot faces an enormous challenge here not least their tiny galley kitchen, a dining room which doubles as a playroom with no actual space to play and bedroom accommodation that gets squeezed every time Ailish's family visit from Kilkenny.

The other big challenge is the budget. Patrick and Ailish have a very long wish list and believe it can all be achieved for ¤80,000.

By the end of the build the Bates' determination not to cut corners and extras added to the original design result in a spend of almost double that...

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Fact Sheet

Main Contractor:
Michael Duffy and Sons Constructions Ltd.,
Inis house, Unit 13, Old Quarry business campus,
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
01 861 2218

Contact Peter Finn
Mob 086 276 1412

The Flowerpot Men
8 Lakelands Drive, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
Tel: 01 288 0184
Mobile: 087 272 4242
Contact: Brian Nolan

EB Joinery
Emmett Bannon
Tel 086 161 7269

Joe Healy
Tel 087 247 2283

Excavation Contractor
ESK Limited
Aisling 01 458 8089

Galaxy Electrical
John Fitzpatrick
Tel 087 261 0689

Gary Duggan
Tel 086 221 1016

Gerard Fox 087 610 2834

John Mooney 087 955 5077
Teak Hardwood worktop and high gloss doors

Roof Light and Upstairs PVC window:
Magoldricks fabrication
Contact: Pat 087 656 4555

K&S Safety Supplies

GK Hire 01 855 5558

Building Materials
Heiton Buckleys 01 888 1666
KCR Building Providers 01 4908 283


Unit 4A,
Red Cow Business Park,
Naas Road, Dublin 22.
Contact: Brendan Devine @ (01) 4640533

Windows and Doors:
Munster Joinery.
Tel (064) 51151

Dermot with Ailish and Patrick Bates
Dermot with Ailish and Patrick Bates