Room To Improve Season 8

  • Building, Design, Architecture, Lifestyle, interior design
  • 2013

Architect Dermot Bannon is back with a brand new series of Room To Improve featuring eight challenging and innovative new design projects: from the most compact conversion to the biggest build of the series to date.


Episode 1

In the ten years since they first met Avril and Andrew Wilson-Rankin have been dreaming of owning their own home. Now they’ve bought a property in Dun Laoghaire south county Dublin but it’s as far from being a home, or even a house, as you could imagine.

Episode 2

Jean Robinson and Daithi Elliffe have bought themselves what they hope will be an ideal family home in a unique location – a listed 19th century former schoolhouse at Kilternan with spectacular views of the Dublin mountains, but all is not as it appears.

Episode 3

Struggling with a tight schedule, a limited budget and the traditionalist taste of his clients, can Dermot balance their love of classic farmhouse design with his own vision of clean urban functionality?

Episode 4

Special Needs teacher Ann and her husband Barry live in a 1970s semi-d in Malahide, north Dublin, that’s too small, too cramped and a lot less welcoming than they’d like it to be. Having already considered and rejected the idea of moving they’re determined to remodel the place, but with the needs of the other love of their lives – 12 year old Michael – to consider, this will be no ordinary build.

Episode 5

Sally-Ann, her husband Trevor, and their four children live in Sally-Ann’s childhood home – a huge, distinctive 1970s architect-designed home outside Mullingar in Westmeath that they’ve dreamed of renovating for years. With his clients in full control of the self build, architect Dermot Bannon finds himself under more pressure to deliver than ever before.

Episode 6

Since they married two years ago, Paul and Sabina Horgan have become the proud parents of baby Mia and the owners of a property on the North Dublin coast: Lismara – a dilapidated 1940s cottage in Portmarnock in an extremely poor condition. They’re hoping that – despite its rotting floorboards and ‘unorthodox’ foundations – this ‘fixer-upper’ will be their new family home.

Episode 7

GP, writer and budding musician Dr Pat Harrold, his wife Marita, a physiotherapist, and their four kids returned to Pat’s home town of Nenagh 10 years ago and they have been looking for a place to call home ever since. In the last 22 years, they have changed address an incredible 17 times, shifting from Enniskillen, Mayo and Galway to Wales and back. The time has come to find the home to end all houses and as it happens, it’s been in Nenagh all along.

Episode 8

Leonard and Caroline live in house once owned by Leonard’s grandparents in the south Dublin suburb of Dundrum – a 1960s three-bed semi that hasn’t changed at all since the couple bought it two years ago. In place of a maze of tiny rooms and endless doors the clients have an extensive wish list including a redesigned ground floor, new ensuite and full loft conversion – all of which will depend on the budget.


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