Architect Dermot Bannon is back with a new series of Ireland's favourite home improvement show, Room To Improve. The show, which is now in its seventh series, will start on Sunday the 17th of November at 9:30pm on RTÉ One and will feature six innovative new projects throughout the series.
The first in the series will see Catherine Bennett and her youngest daughter Sarah Jane keen to downsize from their huge 13-bedroomed house in Mullingar. They're planning to move down the road, where they also own a 3-bed bungalow that's been uninhabited for the last nine years.
The bungalow - where Catherine and her late husband Tom once planned to retire - is completely derelict, boarded up and in an advanced state of disrepair.
Given the very different and quite specific needs of mother and daughter, Dermot suggests demolishing the old place to make way for an all-new build. Despite fond memories of the place where Tom grew up, Catherine and Sarah Jane agree.
With a totally cleared site to work with, Dermot gets a rare opportunity to design from the ground-up, but it quickly becomes apparent that this build will be even more challenging than usual. With a host of independent contractors hired, builder Poraig Gibbons and his crew have to fight their corner from the get-go.
As the build runs foul of building regulations, the budget creeps up, much to the disgust of Catherine - a canny deal-maker and online shopper who, along with hiring multiple contractors, has been carefully sourcing fittings and finishes from eBay, hoping to control the cost of the build.
It's not just a question of finishing on time. There's serious doubt that they'll finish at all.
Watch this episode of Room to Improve on Sunday 17th November at 9.30pm on RTÉ ONE.
For more information on the new series of Room to Improve please contact COCO Television on 01-4970817 or email firstname.lastname@example.org