It's the end of the day. Maybe you’ve been working, maybe out shopping – but you can’t wait to turn the key of your own door and 'go home'. But, what if 'your' home is a shared home, a nursing home perhaps? Can you still feel like it’s yours? And can design help?
Today we ask "what makes a house a home?"
Yesterday afternoon, Mooney reporter Katriona McFadden travelled to Cavan Town to visit the dementia unit of the award-winning Esker Lodge nursing home. Management there have made a huge design effort to make the home more 'homely' and less like an 'institution' of old. Managing Director Vicky McDwyer met Katriona to talk her throught the simple yet innovative ideas they put in place to improve the lives of its residents.
And we're also joined live in studio by TV Architect Dermot Bannon with his thoughts on the project...
Room To Improve
Room To Improve is back on air next September, and the programme-makers are still looking for applicants. In total, six projects are filmed, and to date, four projects have been selected, so there two slots left. In order to complete the builds on the last two projects in time for transmission, the projects that will be picked will need to be NON planning projects. And in order to have a substantial enough project to fill an hour of television, they are looking for applicants who have budgets in the €80,000+ bracket.
They are happy to consider projects from all over the country. To apply call or e-mail COCO television ASAP: 01 497-0817 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dermot's Top Tips For Home Renovation!
1) Light: this is the most important thing you can introduce and control in your home. Bedrooms should face East to get the morning light. Rooms that you use in the daytime should face south to get the most light all day long, and the same with patios outside in the garden. Utility rooms, service rooms and storage spaces with small windows (to conserve energy) should all face the North of the house.
2) Function: make sure you have no wasted space. Allow the most generous spaces for rooms your use the majority of time and double up the rooms you barely use.
3) Views: make use of a view, no matter how small. It might even be a church spire down the road - "these are the things which give a house its' soul"
4) Space: lots of Irish homes have small segregated rooms, but people now prefer large family space. It needs to handle birthday parties and feel cosy when you in front of TV - to do this, Dermot recommends:
- keep your palette of materials really simple. Natural materials like stone and timber should last a lifetime.
- place living and relaxing spaces to the en or outside the open plan spaces.
- zones: use fireplaces, sotves or shelving in the middle of the room like a mini-partition to break up large spaces
- storage: so you don’t have clutter in the open spaces