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RTÉ One,Sunday, 9.30pm
Dermot Bannon: Architect

Programme 1

Room to Improve
Room to Improve
Room to Improve

Cathal and Siobhan, with two children and another on the way, want to turn a 1970s bungalow two miles outside Tipperary town into a modern family home, trading their small townhouse for what they hope will be 'bungalow bliss.' Their architect Dermot Bannon has quite a challenge ahead of him. The bungalow - possibly built straight from the pages of Ireland's most infamous DIY design manual - is cramped, cold, starved of light and blandly at odds with the idyllic acre of woodland that surrounds it. Cathal and Siobhan have big plans and an extensive 'wish list' that simply doesn't match their ¤180,000 budget - something of a concern for Dermot and quantity surveyor Patricia Power to say the least. And so, Dermot enters the world of 'Bungalow Blitz' - attempting to conjour a stylish family home from your typical 70's bungalow. Siobhan wants a dressing room, a huge ensuite and a wide central corridor to replace the narrow walkway running up the middle of the house. With a baby on the way and time running out on this 14 week build, she's quietly determined to get exactly what she wants. Both Siobhan and Cathal are members of the Tipperary Musical Society. During the build they travel to the annual awards in Killarney, but even here, in the midst of a glamorous evening, the build is never far from their thoughts. Meanwhile on site, a lapse in communication leads to an overrun in the budget. With the builder unwilling to soak up the cost, Dermot and Patricia have bad news for their clients. There's literally no room to manoeuvre. Or is there?

Watch the first episode of Room to Improve, Sunday 14th October at 9.30pm - 10.30pm on RTÉ One

For more information on the new series of Room to Improve please contact Jane Wardrop at COCO Television on 01-4970817 or email info@cocotelevision.ie

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