ROOM TO IMPROVE – DERMOT’S HOME
After 13 blissful years in the house where he and his wife raised their three children – the place where he created his first ‘room to improve’ -architect Dermot Bannon is moving on. A new home awaits in the form of a run down 1930s house in Drumcondra – soon to be fitted with a massive two storey extension that will triple its size. For the first time ever, Dermot is both client and architect – a dual role in which he’s far from comfortable. And as he struggles to realise his vision, he’ll need all the help he can get.
In programme two Dermot’s vision for the house is mirrored by similarly grandiose ambitions for the garden – a wild jungle whose design he hands over to landscaper Diarmuid Gavin. But a visit to Diarmuid’s sumptuous garden in Wicklow leaves the architect with even bigger aspirations. Soon the landscaping budget spirals up from thirty grand to an alarming six figures.
Time’s running out, the stakes are higher than ever and the tables are turned. Can Ireland’s most famous architect separate this head from his heart as he embarks on his most personal project yet – the family home of his dreams?