RTÉ One,Sunday, 9.30pm
Dermot Bannon: Architect

Programme 3

Room to Improve

Aideen and Steffen Klauer and their two young sons live in a 100 year-old ex-corporation granite cottage on two acres set in an area of outstanding beauty on the upper slope of the Wicklow Gap. No close neighbours, beautiful views of the Wicklow Mountains, a large vegetable patch, 10 hens, four ducks, two geese, four beehives, two dogs and three cats.

Aideen: "Although it is a harder life and requires more effort and imagination we still think we live in a lovely place and are very fortunate. Having no street lights means we get amazing evenings of stars over head and feel way more connected to the earth and life then we did when we lived in Dublin"

It sounds idyllic right?

Wrong. The house is cramped, dark and beset by mould. The roof leaks and the wiring is in a hazardous state. Sharing a bedroom and a half with their two kids, and with their third child on the way, Aideen and Steffen are desperate.

Dermot: "if this was a nursing home I'd have it closed down"

He's not joking.

Dermot: "At a time when you can purchase a house for the price of an extension we have to make sure we stay relevant."

Keen conservationists and devotees of the 'simple life' Aideen and Steffen are looking for three bedrooms and a better living/dining/kitchen space. But this will be about space, not finishes: plywood floors, unplastered floors, no skirtings or architraves - a sealed design utilising 'passive' technology to regulate heat and ventilation.

Almost immediately, Dermot realises that, despite their simple needs, his new clients are very demanding. After an underwhelming presentation, Dermot is forced to completely revamp his initial design. His clients raise their budget from ¤120,000 to ¤150,000. And things proceed to go from bad to worse.

Beset with delays and Dermot and Steffen's ongoing failure to see eye-to-eye, the architect begins to lose control of the build. Eventually, with decisions being made in his absence, he comes close to walking off the project.

Will the architect and his clients reconcile their differences? Is anything about this build as 'simple' as Dermot envisaged?

Watch Room to Improve on Wednesday 28th September at 8.00pm on RTÉ One.

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Ferngreen Renewable Energy Centre

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Co. Wexford
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Crutt Joinery Ltd
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Air Tightness Testing
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External Insulation Ireland

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Moore's Builders Providers
Cutlery Road,
Co Kildare
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Dan Morrissey Ire Ltd
Balleese Wood Quarry,
Co. Wicklow
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McDonald Steel
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Dublin 6W
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O'Sullivan Scientific

Patrick O'Sullivan - Geologist at O'Sullivan Scientific
Wicklow Enterprise Park ltd.
Wicklow Enterprise Centre,
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Carroll Joinery / Nordan Residential

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Kylemore Road,
Dublin 12.
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All beds came from IKEA

One outdoor light came from Woodies

Blessington Paints,

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Co Wicklow.
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Waterpump and Waterfilter
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Co. Dublin
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Dominic Stevens Architects
Dominic Stevens
Co Leitrim
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