Room to Improve

Episode Guide

Stillorgan, Dublin

Series 11 · Episode 7

At first glance, there's not much wrong with Lorna and Rory's home in the south Dublin suburb of Stillorgan. Well-appointed and tastefully decorated with a large sloping back garden, it is - as their architect observes - 'perfect for the 1960s' but not the contemporary dream home his clients want. Promising an initial '20 per cent upgrade', Dermot returns from the drawing board with an elaborate full width 'Malibu' style extension topped off with a floating wooden-clad ensuite, linking the old and the new in an "alien" manner! When Dermot's clients opt to replace an unused external balcony with additional bedroom space, the already tight 17-week schedule comes under pressure and the budget spirals. Meanwhile, Dermot finds it increasingly hard to defend his vision as he clashes with Lorna over a candy-coloured kitchen island and the location and style of the front door. In a bid to define his client's taste in decor, Dermot visits the refurbished Stella Cinema in Rathmines only to realise that Lorna and Rory have no interest in the 'Bond-movie' aesthetic Dermot has suggested. Ultimately, despite Dermot's elaborate vision of California style, the build turns out to be all about practicalities. As work continues beyond the hall door, the look and location of the hall door itself becomes the focus of a design battle royale.
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