Programme 5: Rathcoole
Mary Moore has one of the most challenging problems probably ever presented on Room to Improve. She has lived in Rathcoole, South Dublin, in the same house for over 20 years. In that time Mary's surroundings have changed completely. Today her 3 bed semi is right beside one of the busiest roads in the country, the N7. To say it is noisy is to understate it.
You'd be forgiven for thinking that moving was the solution but that's not an option for Mary. Mary lives alone. She loves her neighbourhood and is totally integrated into the local community.
Mary has made some changes to her home over the years, she even added on a conservatory which unfortunately because of the noise she can no longer use. Now she believes the time is right to "revamp and embrace new ideas".
For €100,000 she wants rid of her small rooms, she'd like a room she can use to entertain all year round and a way to enjoy her garden without earplugs!
The design solution Dermot offers Mary is one of the most unusual and interesting he has ever conceived. "By the time it's finished Mary's house will be no ordinary semi-d".
On day one of the build a critical measurement on Dermot's plan is discovered by the builder Benny to be wrong. The mistake sets a tone "I got the dimension wrong on day one so now I always come here with apprehension" admits Dermot.
Mid-way through the build a problem with the window order pushes the schedule by an extra two weeks?. However the final straw is the wait for the kitchen design which Dermot keeps putting on the long-finger. Builder Benny?s patience eventually runs out "It's the usual with Dermot we just haven't got the kitchen plan. We've been waiting three weeks for it."
See how it all unfolds on Room to Improve this Wednesday 1st July, on RTÉ One at 8.30pm.
Benny 087 275 5248
Patrick 087 771 9375
Charted Enginner (specialising in Acoustics)
Searson Associates, 13 Anglesea Street, Dublin 2
Tony Keane 086 337 3148
Advanced Butyl Systems 086 967 9405
T&D Kealy 086 391 0887
Munster Joinery 086 854 1403
Heating and Plumbing
Brian Hogarty 087 250 1382
RVR Solar 0818 313 003
Sean Keaveny 085 739 3708
Aiden O'Reilly 086 821 0335
J Lowry Electrical 087 222 1882
Telfords Portlaoise 05786 72700
ABP Greenogue 01 401 9175
Ray Kelly 087 786 1013
Santcuary Landscapes 086 833 3255
The Handrail Man
1. Briorly Court, Churchtown, Dublin 16
Ph: 298 1975
French polish: Ian Mc Glynn
Ph: 494 7723
T.C. Matthews Carpets Ltd.
Greenhill's Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12
Ph: 450 3822
Ulster Carpet -Omega Runner & Landing.
Dulux - Soft Hessian.- Interior
Farrow & Ball - Exterior- Skimming Stones
Upstairs Bathroom- Logica Bianco30x60
Downstairs Bathroom-Logica Antracite 30x60
Logica Bianco 30x60
TileStyle, Ballymount Retail Centre, Dublin 24
01 855 5200
Phloor - maple semi solid
T J O'Mahony Builders Providers
Ballymount, Dublin 24
Multi Fuel Stove:
Heat Design Ltd.
Unit 60, Hawthorn Road, Western Ind. Est. Dublin 12
Harvey's the Furniture Store- Newry (0347) 028 3025 2561
Sofas 2 & 3 seater & storage footstool - Lantally Chocolate
Dreams - the Bed Specialist
Damolly Retail Park, Newry.
028 3026 2416
Furniture Restoration & Re-Upholstery
McKeon's Re-Upholstery Ltd., 43 Dolphins Barn, Dublin 8.
Tel: 01 454 1829
Kitchen Appliances: NEFF
Kitchen Accessories Ltd. ( KAL Group)
Unit 4078 Kingswood Road, CityWest Business Campus, Dublin 24
01 413 6444
Kontinental Kitchen Supplies, Unit 85 Cherry Orchard Ind. Est., Dublin 10
01 626 2314
Unit 5. Long Mile Business Park, Dublin 12
01 450 9105
The Tramyard Gallery
14 Castle Street Dalkey
Open Mon - Sat 11am - 6pm | Sun 1pm - 6pm
Budget Cost Advice
Michael Nolan Associates
Tel : (01) 8511405
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like the thank Make Architects for allowing us to feature The Crescent House.
By Architect: Ken Shuttleworth
55 -65 Whitfiled Street
London W1T 4HE
Tel: +44 20 7636 5151
Fax: +44 20 7636 5252