Programme 2: Enniskerry
Eimear and Niall have lived in their bungalow in Enniskerry since they got married 6 years ago. The house originally belonged to Eimear's mum and dad who have since moved to Wexford.
Almost everything about this 1970's bungalow is wrong, it's ugly, old, cold and dark however it does has one major redeeming feature, an amazing view of the Sugarloaf which at the moment is not exploited from the house at all.
Dermot "There's so much going on here, it will be a hard design but I'm really looking forward to it because they have all the bare essentials and it's a beautiful site."
With a budget of 90,000 there's a lot to be done, alongside the basics like insulation, heating and re-plumbing Eimear and Niall want a home bar and entertainment area.
The build starts in late February. It is scheduled to take twelve weeks and there's real pressure to finish on time because Eimear's baby is due to arrive shortly thereafter.
On the first day of demolition a grim discovery is made. Dermot had allowed for an upgrade of the plumbing system but now with the existing system exposed it's obvious that it needs to be completely replaced and that's going to cost an extra ¤6,000.
By week three another budget busting discovery is made, this time it's the wiring and another significant increase to the cost of the build.
Dermot: "The wiring is shot, the plumbing is shot, none of the timbers meet, none of the ceiling heights are the same. This is turning into the house from hell".
By late April with the extras agreed, some design compromises and the budget now critical but stable for the first time since the build began the feature windows to complete Dermot's vision are installed - an ideal frame for the perfect view... or at least that's what Dermot had hoped...
While Dermot decides what to do about the windows work grinds to a halt. A week passes, then another, every part of the construction is on hold except for the schedule and a baby whose birth date draws closer by the day...
See it all unravel on Room to Improve, Wednesday 10th June at 8.30pm on RTÉ One.
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