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Dermot Bannon: Architect

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Dermot Bannon

Sisters, Margaret and Jodie Burke plan to share the house they both grew up in. "Jodie and I are like chalk and cheese, I still can't get over that we're sisters."

The girls need separate living spaces as well communal areas for large family gatherings. It's a challenge for Dermot - having to please two women at once.. And as he says himself "It's not like anything I've done before."!

Jodie inherited the family home in Foxrock, Co Dublin 8 years ago. Ever since Margaret sold her apartment in town and moved back in with her sister, they've been planning an extensive renovation, the cost of which will be met by Margaret. Her budget is ¤200,000.

The house is a 3 bed semi with bits of ugly extensions that have been added over the years. But it's the garden that blows Dermot's mind.

When the estate was built 57 years ago there was planning for 60 houses. The last two houses never got built so Margaret and Jodie's parents were lucky enough to get an extra two sites added to their back garden. "It's like a park" exclaims Dermot.

The build, scheduled for completion in 18 weeks, begins in September, by which time the final cost has risen to ¤208,000 euro, with no contingency. Once the builders open up the floors and ceilings doubts about the structural integrity of the house arise and inevitably costs begin to soar.

"Moving forward without the contingency was not a good idea. I feel a bit naive" says Margaret. But that is nothing compared to the way she feels when she discovers a steel beam obstructing her new view of the garden - It's like a big giant pimple on your face on your wedding day"

By the time the job is complete Margaret has rechristened the giant pimple her beauty spot "because the place is so beautiful".

See Margaret and Jodie's childhood home completely reborn on Room to Improve on Wednesday 5th May at 8.30pm on RTE1.

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