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Dermot Bannon: Architect

Programme Seven - Dundrum

Room to ImproveRoom to Improve

Sunday 15 March 9.30pm on RTÉ One

Leonard and Caroline live in house once owned by Leonard's grandparents in the south Dublin suburb of Dundrum - a 1960s three-bed semi that hasn't changed at all since the couple bought it two years ago.

In place of a maze of tiny rooms and endless doors the clients have an extensive wish list including a redesigned ground floor, new ensuite and full loft conversion - all of which will depend on the budget.

Adding to the challenge is the imminent arrival of Caroline and Leonard's first baby which means a build deadline that's very close to a due date.

Dermot plans a completely reconfigured rear extension with a sunken den but - right from the outset - his design plans are thwarted by forthright builder Jamie - a former contestant on The Apprentice who has his own design ideas about how the house should look and who isn't shy about advancing these ideas.

Kindred spirits, Dermot and Jamie both want things their own way and the architect quickly finds himself struggling to maintain control over the build.

To ease their limited budget and fund the loft conversion, the clients dispense with the services of QS Patricia Power in favour of handling the project management themselves. It's a risky gambit for these first-timers and presents them with both budgetary and design challenges but it's a bust up over a misaligned window that finally results in a serious communication rift between the clients and their architect.

Finally, Dermot steps in with a trademark flourish to create a memorable canopied extension, but will it be enough to mend his relationship with the anxious clients?

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