Room to Improve

Episode Guide

Killester, Dublin

Series 11 · Episode 5

Recently returned to Ireland after 12 years in London, new parents website designer Cliona and IT manager Micheal have already spent 30,000 euros renovating a 1950s semi-D at Killester in North Dublin in their own distinctive, industrial style. Desperately in need of a properly functioning family home for themselves and baby Luan, they want Dermot to complete the job they started, replacing an extension and a motley collection of sheds in a small triangular back yard, with usable family space. Faced with the limitations of a 150,000 euros budget, but keen to retain the distinctive 1950s style of the house, Dermot plans a decked courtyard space defined by a sloped extension with dyed brickwork matching the existing facade. Builder John insists on trying to keep to his eight-week build schedule but the build runs into problems - demolition uncovers the presence of asbestos and there's the unwelcome arrival of a 20,000 euros bill for extra costs, which leads to a temporary shutdown of work on site. Meanwhile, Dermot struggles to reconcile Cliona's edgy interior design aesthetic with his own vision of how the house should look.
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