Room to Improve
|Room to Improve|
|Created by||COCO Television|
|Directed by||Luke McManus|
|Country of origin||Ireland|
|No. of series||11|
|No. of episodes||60+|
|Executive producer(s)||Linda Cullen|
|Cinematography||Piaras MacCionnaith, Andrew Cummins|
|Original network||RTÉ One|
|Original release||2007 –|
Presented by the architect Dermot Bannon, his aim is to improve his clients' living conditions by renovating their homes without spending excessive sums of money. The budgets differ for each client, ranging from €27,000 to €250,000.
Bannon's architectural designs frequently include box-shaped extensions with large windows and interior 'courtyard' gardens. He favours open-plan interior layouts and spacious rooms and he generally seeks to maximise the penetration of natural light into the plans, but introduces several new steps into the layout. He has a keen interest in gardens and outdoor space and his designs usually provide access to these outdoor spaces and make the most of any views. He has a love of natural materials and often uses timber in kitchens. He has a dislike of fussy ornamentation and ostentatious "bling" and a strong preference for restraint and simplicity. His strong opinions on decor often brings him into conflict with his clients. Bannon is renowned for acting as house hold items such as "I'm the oven" and "I'm the toilet".
Room To Improve often features candid coverage of disagreements or problems on site and presents a "warts and all" picture of the realities of managing a building project.
The first series had six episodes.
|20 June 2007||Original Archive||Killiney||€20,000||Complete remodelling of entire downstairs of a two-bedroomed home|
|27 June 2007||Original Archive||Glasnevin||€40,000||Entire downstairs in need of wheelchair accessibility due to client's multiple sclerosis|
|4 July 2007||Original Archive||Castleknock||€50,000||Renovation of dark, dismal, north facing, uninsulated, cold extension used as a kitchen, dining and homework area|
|11 July 2007||Original Archive||Enniscorthy||€65,000||Renovation of an old 1850s cottage in preparation for a new baby|
|18 July 2007||Original Archive||Dalkey||Renovation of a dark, cold and unviewable kitchen|
|25 July 2007||Original Archive||Ballygarrett||Creating a kitchen, dining room and spare bedroom without losing the cottage's 1930s charm|
The second series had eight episodes.
|4 June 2008||Original Archive||Donnycarney||€30,000||Improving a dark, dreary ex-council house|
|11 June 2008||Original Archive||Timahoe||€60,000||Overcrowded house|
|18 June 2008||Original Archive||Ennis||Family unable to eat at the same table and to watch TV comfortably together|
|25 June 2008||Original Archive||Clontarf||€80,000||More rooms required|
|2 July 2008||Original Archive||South Circular Road||€120,000||Improve a Victorian house including the demolition of three unsightly extensions|
|9 July 2009||Original Archive||Edenderry||€60,000||Improve previous disastrous planning|
|16 July 2009||Original Archive||Rathfarnham||€150,000||Client has multiple sclerosis|
|23 July 2009||Original Archive||Ballinteer||€80,000||Running out of space|
The third series had eight episodes.
|3 June 2009||Original Archive||Artane, Dublin 5||€35,000||Solving the problems remaining following an unsuccessful renovation. Creating a family kitchen/living area.|
|10 June 2009||Original Archive||Enniskerry||€90,000||Full refit of house and maximising the view of Glencree and the Sugarloaf mountain.|
|17 June 2009||Original Archive||Killiney||€70,000||Creating a "bungalow downstairs" for Tommy whose mobility has been impaired by MS.|
|24 June 2009||Original Archive||Whitehall, Dublin 9||€90,000||Redesigning the rear of the house, which contained "the worst room I've ever seen"|
|1 July 2009||Original Archive||Rathcoole||€100,000||Create a space that is insulated from the sound of the busy M7 motorway|
|8 July 2009||Original Archive||Knocktopher||€65,000||Create a new living area beyond the kitchen.|
|15 July 2009||Original Archive||Stoneybatter, Dublin 7||€90,000||Extending a very cramped urban cottage|
|22 July 2009||Original Archive||Templetuohy||€100,000||Improving the quality of the family living spaces|
- Christmas Special (2009)
A Room To Improve For Christmas
|23 December 2009||Original Archive||Ratoath||€70,000||Transform a bungalow that dominated by the abandoned industrial unit to the rear into an elegant home for one that can also accommodate a whole family of visitors.|
The fourth series had eight episodes.
|[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Foxrock||€200,000|
|[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Clonakilty||€100,000|
|[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Laytown||€60,000|
|[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Dalkey||€180,000|
|[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Clontarf||€95,000|
|[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Tullow||€150,000|
|[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Dundalk||[clarification needed]|
|[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Sutton||€170,000|
The fifth series had six episodes.
|Wednesday 14 September[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Cork (city)||[clarification needed]|
|Wednesday 21 September[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Legan||€80,000|
|Wednesday 28 September[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Wicklow||€120,000, then €150,000|
|Wednesday 5 October[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Dundrum||€190,000|
|Wednesday 12 October[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Dalkey||€250,000|
|Wednesday 19 October[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Blackrock||€160,000|
The sixth series had four episodes.
|Sunday 14 October[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Tipperary||€180,000|
|[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Bishopstown||[clarification needed]|
|[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Finglas||[clarification needed]|
|[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Donnybrook||[clarification needed]|
- Christmas special (2012)
The seventh series had six episodes.
|Sunday 17 November[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Mullingar||[clarification needed]|
|Sunday 24 November[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Clane|
|Sunday 1 December[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Brittas||[clarification needed]||feat. Senator Katherine Zappone and her wife|
|Sunday 8 December[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Killawalla||[clarification needed]|
|Sunday 15 December[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Firhouse||[clarification needed]|
|Sunday 22 November[clarification needed]||Original Archive||Stillorgan||€90,000|
|Sunday, February 7, 2016||Original||Puckaun, Co Tipperary||€200,000||Remodeling of the inside of a '60s bungalow situated in the heart of the village to include two separate living spaces for a mother and son - with his family.|
|Sunday, February 18, 2018||Original||Kincasslagh, Co. Donegal||Country and Irish legend Daniel O’Donnell and his wife Majella share a large four bed detached home in Kincasslagh West Donegal. Unlike Daniel, who’s fairly happy with the place, Majella is keen to upgrade and reconfigure the interior. With her husband on tour, she’s determined to get the very best from her architect.|
|Sunday, February 25, 2018||Original||Fermoy, Co. Cork||Presented with a generous budget, architect Dermot Bannon has a huge challenge on his hands, faced with the prospect of adding a series of high end, modern extensions to the house without compromising the original character of Dave and Susie’s beloved home.|
|Sunday, March 4, 2018||Original||Clontarf, Dublin||IT manager Christine has bought herself a red brick terraced house in Clontarf, North Dublin. Christine has big plans for the place but as Dermot quickly discovers, they’re far bigger than her 130K budget will allow.|
|Sunday, March 11, 2018||Original||Portrane, Co. Dublin||At Portrane on the north Dublin coast, best friends and sisters Anna and Marion have returned from living abroad, to move back into their childhood home with their 81-year-old mother and Anna’s son Michael. But the house where they spent an idyllic childhood is in dire need of an upgrade if it’s to accommodate three generations of the one family.|
|Sunday, March 18, 2018||Original||Killester, Dublin||Recently returned to Ireland after 12 years in London, new parents website designer Cliona and IT manager Micheal have already spent 30 grand renovating a 1950s semi-D at Killester in North Dublin in their own distinctive, industrial style.|
|Sunday, March 25, 2018||Original||Co. Tipperary||Dairy farmer Padraig and schoolteacher Katie are hoping to create their ‘forever’ home by renovating a century-old farmhouse on a half acre of land recently inherited from Padraig’s uncle.|
|Sunday, April 1, 2018||Original||Stillorgan, Dublin||At Stillorgan in south Dublin, Dermot attempts to bring a vision of ‘Malibu style’ living to the meticulously decorated but stubbornly 1960s-era home of clients Lorna and Rory.|
- "RTÉ Reveals Summer Schedule". Irish Film and Television Network. IFTN. 9 June 2008. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
- "Series One". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
- "Series 2". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
- "Programmes". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
- "The Christmas Special". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
- "Room to Improve - Christmas special". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015.
- "Independent.ie Article - February 7th, 2016". Irish Independent. Retrieved 8 February 2016.