RTÉ One,Sunday, 9.30pm
Dermot Bannon: Architect

Programme 6

Room to Improve

John Rochford from Dublin and Lee Benn, originally from Limerick, have bought a house in their dream location - South Dublin's seaside suburbia, Blackrock. Although the location is perfect, it will take a serious amount of work before the couple's new home becomes anything idyllic.

John's hobby in life is houses, each week he looks forward to the property supplements of every newspaper and is a dab hand at spotting a potential bargain. In January 2010, John's eye's were immediately drawn to an1890's villa style cottage for sale on Avoca Place, Blackrock. John liked what he saw but didn't like the price tag. Always happy to haggle for a bargain, the original asking price of ¤495,000 was soon slashed to a rock bottom price of ¤310,000. On the other side of John's negotiating skills, the couple were able to sell their house in Booterstown for a tidy sum, allowing them to continue their lives mortgage-free and with some left over.

From the outside, the cottage looks cute and complete, however one step in the door and Dermot wasn't so convinced:

"You've bought the biggest can of worms that you've ever bought in your life. It's not in great condition, there's a lot of damp, there's leaks everywhere. The walls are filled with random rubble and packed with plaster. The floor boards are in bad condition and rotting. There are mushrooms growing everywhere".

With the location box ticked on Johns list, Dermot points out the rest of the price that John will need to pay,

".....these beautiful houses in a very exclusive area - are all just mud huts....You've bought yourself a mud hut".

Since they found it, John - who is a bit of a budding architect - has been completely consumed by the house's renovation - considering every imaginable design:

"The house is quite small, it needs an extension and it has to be right, it's as simple as that".

John and Lee's budget is modest, given the work needed and the couple's insistence on high-end detail - ¤160,000 all in. The terraced, villa style cottage from 1890's, has lots of cellular rooms, but what they want is open-plan with maximum use of space.

Things don't start well, with QS Patricia Power costing Dermot's initial plan at a massive ¤29,000 over budget. And there's more bad news on the way. On the first day of the build, contractor Ian Harte discovers that Dermot's new extension doesn't actually fit the shape of the plot and will actually end up in the neighbour's back garden. "If Dermot can make this plan work, he's a genius."

Watch the final episode of Room to Improve on the 19th October 8pm - 9pm on RTÉ One

For more information on the new series of Room to Improve please contact Hilary O'Donovan at COCO Television on 01-4970817 / 087 2471190 or email info@cocotelevision.ie

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Blackrock Suppliers

Main Contractor
Mulcon Construction Ltd.,

6 - 9 Trinity St.,
Dublin 2.
Tel: 1890 8188 44
Fax: 1890 8188 45
Web: www.mulcon.ie
Email: sales@mulcon.ie

Kitchen/Sliding Wardrobe Install/Custom Made Furniture (Pivot Book Case)
Frankly Kitchens & Bedrooms Ltd.

Tel: Vincent 087 9862 352

Sliding Wardrobe System
Lenister Woodworks,

New Inn Cross,
Emo, Co Laois
Mob: 086 8294451

Kitchen Worktops

Portlaoise Stone Centre Ltd
Unit 3B
Clonminam Business Park
Co Laois.
Tel: 057 8660258

Stone Merchants
Stone Supplier for Kitchen Worktops

612 Jordanstown Rd.
Greenogue Business Pk.
Co Dublin
Tel: 01 4589100
Web: www.stonemerchant.ie

Mechanical, Heating & Plumbing
Lennon Heating & Plumbing Ltd.

Tel: 087 2251 689

Logic Electrical Services Ltd.

Tel: 01 2944 572

Builder Providers
Wogan's Build Centre

Tel: 041 983 0511

Windows/External Doors
Munster Joinery

Tel: Declan Fahy on 087 2837 094

Internal Doors
Dublin Door Store

Tel: 01 4600 363

The Folding Door Company of Ireland
Email: info@foldingslidingdoors.ie
Tel: 01 4018282

Wogan Distributors

Tel: 041 686 1000

Roadstone Wood

Tel: 01 404 1200

Johnstone Leyland Dec. Centre

Tel: 057 8666 016

Waste Removal

Tel: 01 46000 999

Flat Roof & Zinc Work
KD Roofing

Tel: 01 4111 545

Bathroom & Sanitary Ware

Tel: 01 - 8511 700

Roof Light
Folding Door Company

Tel: 01 404 8282


Address: 25 Rockhill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Phone number: + 353 1 2755818
Web: www.lostweekend.ie
Email: info@lostweekend.ie

Garden furniture:
The Outdoor Room

Eamonn: 087 9290767
Consulting Engineer

Ciaran O Brien
The Schoolyard

No 1 Grantham Street
Dublin 8
Mob: 086 0214737
Web: www.obaconsulting.ie

Garden and Landscaping
Gardens Now

Mob: 086 0797114
Web: gardensnow.ie


Ballymount Road
Dublin 12
Tel: 01 8555200
Web: www.tilestyle.ie

Design Classic Direct

The Mill
Mill St
Dublin 8
Tel: 1890 252104
Web: www.designclassicsdirect,ie

17 Lr Bridge St
Dublin 8
Tel: 01 6774145

Other architects:

gkmp architects
19a baggot street upper
Dublin 4
Tel: + 353 1 668 6120
Fax: + 353 1 668 6332
Email: info@gkmp.ie

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