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Programme 5: Rathcoole

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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. 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.


Fact Sheet

Principal Contractors
Kelly O'Connell Developments Ltd., Timahoe, Co. Laois

Benny 087 275 5248
Patrick 087 771 9375

Charted Enginner (specialising in Acoustics)
Karl Searson
Searson Associates, 13 Anglesea Street, Dublin 2
tel: 01-6798461
fax: 01-6794495

Tony Keane 086 337 3148

Roofing Membrane
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

Solar Panels
RVR Solar 0818 313 003

Sean Keaveny 085 739 3708

Aiden O'Reilly 086 821 0335

J Lowry Electrical 087 222 1882

Builders Providers
Telfords Portlaoise 05786 72700
ABP Greenogue 01 401 9175

Insulation Specialist
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

Assorted Accessories
Ikea, Belfast

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
Michael McKeon
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

Cooked Hood:
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

Indoor plants
John Mc Guinness
Broomfield Landscapes Ltd, Broomfield
Malahide, Co Dublin
Ph: 01 8464444 / 085 7204121
Fax: 01 8464444

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
e-mail :

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

Dermot, Mary and Benny
Dermot, Mary and Benny O'Connell (builder)
Greg and Siobhan's new kitchen
Mary's new kitchen