RTÉ One,Sunday, 9.30pm
Dermot Bannon: Architect

Programme 4

Dermot Bannon

Thirteen years ago Brian and Julie Keane found a location that suited them perfectly. But a house that didn’t.

Brian and Julie live in Dalkey, South County Dublin. Julie is an airhostess who has a passion for fashion. In their three-bedroom house she has run out of space for all her clothes, handbags and shoe collections. Her husband Brian is the head financial controller in a private hospital.

Since they moved in Julie has been planning an extensive renovation. "I always felt this house was back to front.” Their budget of ¤180,000 is generous, however their site is not.

With plans agreed and the house ripped out, build day one Dermot's clients have reservations - "it still looks small, smaller than we thought.”

But that's the least of Dermot's problems when he's faced with "Julie's scary folder". Julie has had 13 years to plan this build and "she has everything picked already."

And his worries don't stop there.Dermot discovers there is someone else that needs to be heard, Julie's personal interior designer!

"I almost feel that part of my job is being sub-contracted out but without me knowing."- Dermot

Not only is the number of chiefs soaring, so is the budget. The initial figure of ¤180,000, soon becomes a distant memory.

"Julie is spending money like its going out of fashion, and you know I'll get the blame for it" - Dermot

Enter Brian to clarify the budget - "Our absolute limit is ¤225,000", to Julie's horror "Oh I thought it was ¤250,000."

With the budget and schedule spiralling out of control, its time for the architect, the builder, the clients and Julie's interior designer to make some decisions.

But when a 10 week job becomes a 20 week project, something has got to give! "It's like we're point scoring with each other." - Dermot

Room to Improve this Wednesday 19th May at 8.30pm on RTE1.

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Building supplies:
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