RTÉ One,Sunday, 9.30pm
Dermot Bannon: Architect

Programme Five - Portmarnock

Room to ImproveRoom to ImproveRoom to Improve

Sunday 1st March 9.30pm on RTÉ One

Since they married two years ago, Paul and Sabina Horgan have become the proud parents of baby Mia and the owners of a property on the North Dublin coast: Lismara - a dilapidated 1940s cottage in Portmarnock in an extremely poor condition.

They're hoping that - despite its rotting floorboards and 'unorthodox' foundations - this 'fixer-upper' will be their new family home.

Right from the outset, it's clear that Dermot will have to redesign the cottage from the ground up in order to save it. And so the architect presents his vision of a new extension, an optional garden room and a completely new open-plan layout.

As the build progresses, an expensive litany of remedial work starts eating into the Horgan's modest budget. The walls are filled with asbestos, the floors are consumed with dry rot, the roof is beyond repair and after 70 years of subsidence, the cottage is on the verse of collapse.

When Dermot suggests retaining full height ceilings to enhance the limited space, the build takes a strange twist as windows and doors are fitted before the new roof goes on. Soon, unforeseen problems with mismatched ceiling heights cause even more setbacks.

With Paul trying to find time to train for a triathlon and the couple desperate to leave the compact simplicity of apartment life, there are decisions to be made on literally everything: from the new den to a bespoke kitchen table made from telegraph poles.

Sometimes, a blank canvas can be more trouble than it's worth.

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SHOW HOUSE The Pig House, MacGabhann Architects, Donegal Antoin & Tarla MacGabhann www.macgabhannarchitects.ie/residential/pig-house

Main Contractor
Sugrue Builders Ltd
Cormac Sugrue
84 Martello Court, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin
Tel: 01 846 3554
Mobile: 087 251 2203
Email: sugruebuilders@eircom.net
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Furniture
Roche Bobois
Unit D1
Beacon South Quarter
Sandyford
Dublin 18
Tel: 01 653 1650
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Dining Table
Seabourn Chic
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Stoney Road, Dublin 3
Ph: 887 8544
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Outdoor Furniture & Plants
The Garden House
Back Road,
Malahide,
Co. Dublin
Tel: 531 2020
Email: info@thegardenhouse.ie
www.thegardenhouse.ie

Outdoor Plants/Trees
Tully Nurseries & Garden Centre
Richardstown
Dublin
Tel: 01 843 3174
www.tullynurseries.ie

Kitchen
D1 Kitchens & Wardrobes,
Unit 5 Millennium Business Park,
Cappagh Road,
Dublin 11
Tel: 01 864 9017
Contact: Declan Murphy
Email: info@d1kitchens.ie
www.d1kitchens.ie

Worktop
Stone Ideas
122 Ranelagh Village
Ranelagh
Dublin 6
Tel: 01 412 6416
Contact: Dermot O'Brien
Email: info@stoneideas.ie
www.stoneideas.ie

Cosentino Ireland Ltd
Fonthill Rd Retail Park
Fonthill, Dublin 22
Tel: 01626 7334
Email: ireland@cosentino.com
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Engineers
Larry Kiernan Plant Hire & Civil Engineering
Larry Kiernan
Grougha, Ring Commons, Co Dublin
Tel: 01 8412598

Plasterers
Jag Plastering
71 Carrick Court, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin
Electrical
Aulden Electrical
9 Aulden Grange, Santry, Dublin 9
Mob: 086 839 8399

Plumbing
NDH Heating & Plumbing
Unit 74 Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Dublin 13
Phone: 01 8487428 | Fax: 01 8487428 | E -mail: info@ndh.ie

Heating Distributors limited
32 North Park, North Road, Finglas, Dublin 11
Tel: 01 8648950
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Landscaping
Virgoe Mchenry Landscaping
Fairways, Balheary, Swords, Co. Dublin
Tel: 01 840 7674
Mob: 087 687 6143
Email: info@vmce.ie
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Insulation
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Unit 21, Old Quarry Business Campus, Northwest Business Park
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Painting & Decorating
Ger McCarthy Painting and decorating

Cristi Lupu Glazing

External doors and windows
Munster Joinery
Ballymount Rd, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Ph: 064 7751151

Flooring, Tiles & Sanitaryware
Redken Redesign
Howth Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3.
Tel: +353 1 8333075
Mob: +353 86 286 1244
E-Mail: mail@redkenredesign.ie

Carpets
Frank McGowan & Co Ltd
Airside Retail Park
Swords
Co. Dublin
Ireland
Contact: Joe McGowan
T: 00353 1 8706110
www.frankmcgowan.com

Steelworks
John Payton Stealworks

Roofing
High Spec Contracts
94 St Annes Square
Portmarnock
Dublin
Tel: 01 803 8640
Email: highspeccontracts@hotmail.com
www.highspeccontracts.ie

Builders Providers
Brooks Builders Providers
Bluebell, Naas Rd, Dublin 12
Tel: 419 0000
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Niall O Mahony Timber
62 Torcail, Portmarnock, Co Dublin

Murdocks Builders Providers
Unit 4,M1 Business Park,Balbriggan, Dublin
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Grange Builders Providers
Grange Builders Providers Unit 25 Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Baldoyle,?Dublin 13,
Tel: (01) 8390193
www.grange.ie

Waste Disposal
Grange Skip Hire
Grange Builders Providers Unit 25 Baldoyle Industrial Estate, Baldoyle, Dublin 13,
Tel: (01) 8390193
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Heiton Buckleys
Santry Avenue
Dublin 9
www.heitonbuckley.ie

Paving
Balgriffin Patio Centre
The Patio Centre, Carr's Ln, Balgriffin, Dublin 17
Tel: (01) 846 1156
www.thepatiocentre.ie

Doors
Doors Plus Floors
Unit 40 North Park, North Road, Dublin 11
Tel: (01) 864 3370

 

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