In a special edition of Room To Improve, architect Dermot Bannon returns to the homes of three former clients to see whether this series lives up to its name.
In Longford he revisits Elaine and Hughie in their redesigned home at the back of Mitchell?s Bar in the tiny village of Legan. In 2011, Dermot not only reconfigured a maze of disconnected rooms to create functional family space, he even managed to convince his no nonsense clients to include a void over their kitchen.
Five years on, have they finally accepted the wisdom of Dermot?s architectural flourish? Has Hughie parked his muck-spreader in the driveway? And where have all those dead flies come from?
At Bishopstown in Cork, Dermot catches up with three generations of the same family for whom he redesigned a 4-bed semi back in 2012. After 12 years in Silicon Valley, software developers Marion, Engel and their two daughters returned to live with Marion?s mother Kathleen
Did Marion and Engel get the Californian dream they wanted? Did Kathleen get to keep the house she loved? And did the contents of a 20 foot shipping container ever make it to Bishopstown?
Finally, at Malahide in North Dublin, Dermot returns to one of the most rewarding project he?s ever worked on - a tiny house he somehow managed to redesign as a fully wheelchair accessible home for Anne, Barry and the light of their lives ? 12 year old Michael. The budget was modest, the space was non existent. The stakes were high. Did Dermot deliver what seemed impossible?