Series 12, Episode 5
Claudia and Tom bought this 1920s bungalow with panoramic views of Tramore Bay in 2012 for €305K. Just back from living abroad (Spain, Dubai and Germany) they have been living in the house for the past year.
Claudia is originally from Germany and Tom was born and reared in Tramore. His father lives just 80 metres up the road.
It was always Tom’s dream to move back to Tramore with Claudia and their three sons, 8 year old twins and an 11 year old.
Tom and Claudia met 15 years ago when she was cabin crew for one of Tom’s flights. Tom is now a cargo pilot for ASL and Claudia juggles the demands of being a stay at home mum, with teaching Zumba to the Tramore locals three times a week. She also studies Feng Shui.
With four bedrooms, a family bathroom, kitchen, living room and conservatory all on one level, the layout is pretty cramped and dark in this house. The kitchen is the size of a cupboard and the conservatory cuts off much of the view.
Dermot has his work cut out for him, to fulfill Claudia’s Feng Shui brief and to make the most of the sea views, without compromising their privacy. He creates a design that hopefully will make his clients happy.However, they are not…
It takes two further designs, lots of negotiating and some hard talking on both sides before everyone can settle on the perfect layout.
The build of this Tramore house takes over a year, from presentation of initial design, to completion. With a tight budget of 220k, to include renovations and an extension, Dermot is pushed to the limit in completing what will hopefully be the perfect house with the perfect view.