RTÉ One,Sunday, 9.30pm
Dermot Bannon: Architect

Programme 5

Dermot Bannon

In 2003, Denise and Ben bought their 1940's house in Clontarf, North Dublin. When they bought the house it was in bedsits and they spent ¤50,000 converting it back into a 3 bedroom family home. "We put in a kind of make shift kitchen that was thrown together because we had no money left" (Ben). Now for Denise, 5ft 11inches, "I'm nearly 6 foot and I can't fit into the kitchen!".

Seven years and two children later, they knew the time had come. With only one bathroom between four, Ben desperately wanted a second bathroom also.

But the small wish list soon doubles and triples when Dermot arrives.

Downstairs, Denise and Ben want a toilet, a kitchen, living and dining area, a pantry, a utility space, loads of storage and an office. Upstairs, they want a bigger bedroom and an ensuite.

With a budget of ¤95,000, Dermot reckons "it's a big ask for a small budget". However, by dropping their upstairs wish list, Dermot designs something special downstairs for their budget.

Denise is now "optimistic" about the build. With various prices coming in from builders, Ben and Denise decided to do something a bit unusual.
"We've decided to go with a self-build, in the hope of getting everything on our wish list cheaper".

Rather than appoint a builder, they have appointed a project manager to co-ordinate the build. With the client's paying all the tradesmen individually, the middle-man is cut out.

Enter Peter, the project manager to manage the build and the budget. His main aim is to save the client's money, even if it affects Dermot's design.

"I hate builders", says Peter. However, Peter has another string to his bow, he also worked as an architect technician. So guess who's next for the chop?

From Day one, Dermot's design is constantly under review - "I've never been handed a redesign on the first day of the build before" sighs Dermot.

Designs are changed and feathers are ruffled, but it's all in a day's work for architect Dermot Bannon.

See if "self build" really is the best way to build..Room to Improve this Wednesday 2nd June @ 8.30pm on RTE 1.

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Self Build Project Management
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- Mr. Peter Kavanagh
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