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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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Fact Sheet

Main Contractor
Tom O'Connor
OCM Construction
Killincooley, Kilmuckridge, Gorey, Co. Wexford
Tel: 053 913 0449 Fax: 053 913 0826
Mob: 087 224 8001

Ray Caulfield Electricial 087 299 3789

Rob Murphy 086 828 0340

Egan Decorating
Fintan Egan 087 237 6472

Munster Joinery
Head Office: Ballydesmond, County Cork, Ireland
Telephone: 064 7751151 or Fax: 064 7751312

The FlowerPot Men
8 Lakelands Drive, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin
Brian Nolan 087 272 4242

unit 4 Kealew Business Park, Portlaoise, Co Laois
Tel 057 8670210
Fax 057 8680054

Kitchen Doors Naxos Hi Gloss Cream
Solid Oak Finger jointed

Appliances Suppliers
KAL Group, 4078 Kingswood Road, Citywest Business Park
Tel: 01 413 6400 Fax: 01 413 6464
Oven B14m42
Hob t12D20
Dishwasher S53444x
Fridge K8524
Hood Chcmy 60IX

Kitchen and utility room tiles
Vitra Ireland
Arklow Business Park
Ballynattin, Arklow
Co. Wicklow

Carpets, table and chairs and leather bed
Morgan Doyle ltd
M.D.L. Park Croghan Ind. Est., Emoclew rd, Arklow
Co. Wicklow

Sofa in living room
Cottage Collection Interiors
Unit 3
Kylemore Park South
Kylemore Road, Dublin 10

Nursery furniture and interior
Mothercare, Carrickmines, Unit 205
The Park, Carrickmines

The Tramyard Gallery
14 Castle Street Dalkey
Open Mon - Sat 11am - 6pm | Sun 1pm - 6pm
01- 2351346

Budget Cost Advice
Michael Nolan Associates
Tel: (01) 8511405

Eimear Lynott and Niall Quinn
Eimear Lynott and Niall Quinn