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Room to Improve

Programme 7: Susan McGrath, Stoneybatter

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Susan McGrath is 36. She has lived in the same cottage in Stoneybatter all her life, her parents died when she was young and when her brother got married recently she decided to buy his half of the house from him.

Every room in her cottage is small and leads into another room. Upon arrival Dermot declares that the sitting room "is the narrowest he'd ever been in". Her kitchen is in an old extension and leads onto the bathroom and then into Susan's bedroom. It's a disaster.

Susan shares her home with a couple, Elaine and Glenn. They are all old friends and while Susan will be the one paying for the renovation she will be relying on their advice and opinions throughout the build.

When it comes to this house the garden is its greatest untapped resource and Dermot plans are going to change all that. He wants to turn the house completely on it's head, putting the bedrooms to the front and extending the back to include a kitchen, living and dining that leads into the garden.

Susan is using her SSIA savings and borrowing the balance. Her budget is ¤90,000.

Room to Improve, 15th July 2009, RTÉ One at 8.30pm


Fact Sheet

Main Contractor:
Michael Duffy & Sons Ltd,
Inis House, Unit 13,
Old Quarry Campus,
Kilshane Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
Tel: 01 8612218 Fax: 01 8235271
Peter: mobile 086 276 1412

Joinery: E.B. Joinery - Emmet 086 161 7269
Plumbing and Heating - Ger Fox 087 610 2834
Electrical - John Fitzpatrick 087 261 0689
Roofing - Geraghty Roofing - Mick 086 225 6744

Donal Hickey Architects
Phone: 01 8328872

Heiton Buckleys: 01 888 1666
K.C.R. Builders Providers: 1850 527 527

Montana Furniture, T11 Maple Avenue,
Stillorgan Industrial Park, Stillorgan,Co. Dublin
Tel: 2937000

Electrical Appliances:
DID Electrical,
68 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1
Tel: 8740390

Morso O6
Woodburner Warehouse
Tel:0044 844 8920136

Right Price Tiles,
Unit 9, Coolmine Industrial Estate,
Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
Tel: 8226223

Other bits and pieces of furniture such as the bed, lockers, TV stand, kitchen table, chairs and stools are all from IKEA.

Farrow and Ball
Supplied by MRCB paints, 14 Cornmarket Dublin 8. 01 677 0111

Dermot and Susan
Dermot and Susan
Susan's new kitchen
Susan's new living room