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Dermot Bannon: Architect

Programme 3 - Finglas

Room to Improve

Joe and Geraldine Mooney are Finglas folk through and through. Though they've since moved out of the area, their daughter Lisa and her fiánce Gavin still live in the cottage where Joe grew up at a time when Finglas was more rural village that city suburb.

With mum and dad footing the bill for the renovation, architect Dermot Bannon is given a limited budget to revamp the cottage and add a modern extension. Early on, he and QS Patricia Power are agreed on one thing: 'it can't be done'.

The Mooney's however, have a few surprises up their collective sleeve: not least a 'secret' contingency which may yet turn the dilapidated, woodworm infested 1930s cottage into Lisa and Gavin's starter home.

With the hopes and dreams of three generations of family on the line, Lisa and Gavin decamp to a tiny caravan in the back yard for the duration of the three month build and Dermot sets to work on a design that becomes ever more complicated when builder Ian decides to introduce Geraldine to the glamour of a house in Blackrock that Dermot designed last year.

With Lisa and Gavin's wedding approaching, the structural viability of the cottage in question and the builders working in torrential rain, the schedule, and more worryingly the budget are put under huge strain.

Given the practical and emotional investment that his no-nonsense clients have made here over the years, Dermot will do well to keep them all happy.

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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