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Dermot Bannon: Architect

Programme Four - Westport

Room to Improve

Peter Jordan and Anne Kerrigan along with their two young daughters have long since outgrown the tiny cottage in Killawalla outside Westport which Peter bought as a single man four years ago.

Desperate for more space, the couple engage Dermot, who much to Anne's consternation - suggests a separate extension finished in agricultural cladding to match the local rural landscape. Even as construction gets underway, Dermot's vision of the 'shed' - something Anne fears will end up looking like a farm building - remains almost impossible to sell to his clients.

As an old lean-to structure is cleared, a miscalculation involving the slope of the site leaves the new extension nearly a meter below the original cottage, adding thousands of Euro in remediation costs to an already tight budget.

As an old lean-to structure is cleared, a miscalculation involving the slope of the site leaves the new extension nearly a meter below the original cottage, adding thousands of Euro in remediation costs to an already tight budget.

And the unforeseen costs of this 18-week build don't end there. An extensively damaged roof and a unilateral decision by the builders to add an unsightly ridge to Dermot's carefully designed extension bring further delays and architectural headaches to this scenic corner of Mayo - none of which makes an extended stay at the in-laws any easier (or shorter) for Anne, Peter and the girls.

Dermot travels by train from Dublin to Mayo for site visits and repeatedly gets collared for free advice by fellow passengers.

Can the architect convince his clients that their new extension won't end up looking like a cow shed? Can QS Patricia Power convince the builders to soak up the extra costs on a build that's getting more expensive by the day? And on the final day will Dermot join Peter in his beloved hot tub in the back garden...?

Watch this episode of Room to Improve on the 8th December 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 info@cocotelevision.ie

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