Room to Improve: Season 2
Architect Dermot Bannon is back for a second series of the popular home design show, Room to Improve, about changing how we live through design and adaptation in simple ways without spending vast amounts of money.
Each week involves the reconfiguration of an existing home to better suit the needs of the family living there. Some homes require extensions, others don't. In the upcoming series six of the eight homes need extensions while the remaining two must be completely redesigned within existing boundaries. The budgets range in size from €30,000 right up to €120,000. As always, Dermot's clients are looking for him to make the best use of the money they have to spend. Dermot has to provide all eight clients with cost-effective, inventive designs that work. Then he has to manage the build within very tight build schedules.
Room to Improve starts with Martina Mullin and Padraig Whelton, recently married and are living in a dark, dreary ex-council house in Donnycarney. They bought their home at the end of the property boom and now it's worth less than they paid for it. So the improvements they need have to be made wh...
Dermot is in Timahoe, Portlaoise with Dolores and Donal O'Connell. Their five children are all grown-up but still live in the area. Dolores loves having them all home regularly for big family get-togethers. However, their children now have partners and there's five grandchildren so when everyone ...
Cathy and Michael Keane bought their house when it was being used as a cowshed. They converted it, had four children and over the years Dad, Michael, has added on bits to it. The extension behind the original cottage took eight years to complete. Now the house is a warren of disconnected small ro...
Declan and Judy Cadwell from Clontarf share a small terraced home with their three sons, Christopher 19, Ross 17 and Jake 13. But only just.
The family's main living area is used for the boy's study work, family dining, laundry and computers. It's a lot of functions for a room that acts as a co...
South Circular Road
Marie Duffy moved into her Victorian townhouse off the South Circular Road four years ago. Her friends all thought she was mad to buy it because there was so much work to be done. Over the years Marie spent most weekends and evenings attempting to bring the house back to its former glory. She rec...
Dermot encounters a stumbling block or two when he turns his hand to a badly laid out bungalow in Co Offaly. There's only one thing wrong with the Declan and Anne Conlon's bungalow in Edenderry, Co Offally and that's the entire ground-floor layout.
Since they had their bungalow built, nearly th...
Dermot revamps a Rathfarnham four-bed to suit the changing needs of its occupants
Peter, Lisa and their twins Grace and Louise (9) live in a four-bed house in Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. They moved into their detached home just three years ago, shortly afterwards Lisa was diagnosed with MS. Now her...
A young couple with three children seek Dermot's help in revamping their small three bedroomed bungalow in Ballinteer
Ailish and Patrick Bates are a young couple running out of space - fast! They live in a small 3 bedroomed bungalow in Ballinteer, Dublin 16.