Room To Improve is back, with Ireland's favourite architect setting out to create a diverse range of beautifully designed and cleverly built homes. Starting on Sunday 8th September, at 9.30pm on RTÉ One Dermot Bannon returns with more of his innovative and contemporary designs. 

This year, Dermot is ready to take on an array of properties, some with quirkier challenges than others.  From pebble dash to plywood, from steep embankments to faux Georgian pillars, this year’s clients will need to be trusting, with an architect who is known to be persistent.

Our homeowners are more informed, more opionated and more demanding than ever before.

But similar to all other years, there is only one person who they feel can make their household dreams come true. 

Dermot is passionate about design and will go to any lengths to persuade his homeowners to take on his ideas. This year, he has three quantity surveyors to work with, all determined to keep his designs on budget. Claire Irwin, Divashni Mathura and Alan Morrissey are the trio who have been entrusted with this tricky task. Our homeowners come from the four corners of Ireland.  Mary and Joe live in Borrisoleigh and are due to tie the knot, mid build.  In the sunny south east, Claudia, a Feng Shui consultant and Tom, a pilot, bring Dermot down to Tramore, to create a home that will make the most of their stunning sea views.  And in Kildare, Dermot enlists garden supremo Diarmuid Gavin, to take on one of the most challenging gardens ever on Room To Improve. 

The role of the architect is sometimes designer, sometimes mediator and always perfectionist.In this twelvth series, Dermot Bannon shows no signs of slowing down, as pushes his creativity and his passion to the limit.  With stunning results.

Episode 1 – Athgarvan, Co. Kildare

David and Nessa Conlon have just bought this 1990s split level detached bungalow and plan to move in with their three children (twin boys aged 11 and a 7 year old girl) once the renovations have been completed.

This is the third time they have bought a house and tried to make it their forever home…but each time, they fall out of love with the house.

The split level house is in a cul-de-sac, close to The Curragh, and is full of interesting quirks, like curved interior walls, a corridor with seven doors leading into bedrooms and bathrooms and most alarmingly – a 600 square meter garden, with a 40 degree slope rising to a height well above the roof of the house.

With a budget of just over 220k, architect Dermot Bannon has a huge challenge on his hands, both inside and outside the house.

This house is basically a series of staggered terraces making their way up the site.  The challenge will be to make their home more legible.  Dermot presents a design that sees the house opened up, and a raised pavilion at the rear.  But will the clients like what they see?

With plans in place for the house, its time to tackle the elephant outside the room – the garden.  Dermot calls on garden supremo Diarmuid Gavin, to design and create what has to be one of the most challenging gardens ever on Room To Improve.

The two men set to work to build what will hopefully become Nessa and David’s forever home.

Suppliers' List for Episode 1