Room to Improve

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Room to Improve
RTÉ Room to Improve.jpg
Created byCOCO Television[1]
Directed byLuke McManus
StarringDermot Bannon
Country of originIreland
Original language(s)English
No. of series11
No. of episodes60+
Executive producer(s)Linda Cullen
Producer(s)Hilary O'Donovan
CinematographyPiaras MacCionnaith, Andrew Cummins
Editor(s)Stephen Vickers
Original networkRTÉ One
Picture formatDigibeta
Original release2007 –
External links

Room to Improve is an Irish architectural renovation TV series broadcast on RTÉ One. It is also broadcast on the UK's Home channel.


Presented by the architect Dermot Bannon (born 2 May 1972), his aim is to improve his clients' living conditions by renovating their homes without spending excessive sums of money[citation needed]. 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.

Episode list[edit]

Series 1[edit]

The first series had six episodes.[2]

Date Details Location Budget Circumstances
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

Series 2[edit]

The second series had eight episodes.[3]

Date Details Location Budget Circumstances
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

Series 3[edit]

The third series had eight episodes.[4]

Date Details Location Budget Circumstances
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[5]

Date Details Location Budget Circumstances
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.

Series 4[edit]

The fourth series had eight episodes.[4]

Date Details Location Budget Circumstances
[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

Series 5[edit]

The fifth series had six episodes.[4]

Date Details Location Budget Circumstances
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

Series 6[edit]

The sixth series had four episodes.[4]

Date Details Location Budget Circumstances
Sunday 14 October 2012 Original Archive Tipperary €180,000
2012 Original Archive Bishopstown [clarification needed]
2012 Original Archive Finglas [clarification needed]
2012 Original Archive Donnybrook [clarification needed]
Christmas special (2012)

Tallaght's National Children's Hospital commissions Bannon to create an outdoor garden and recreation area for children and their families.[6]

Series 7[edit]

The seventh series had six episodes.[4]

Date Details Location Budget Circumstances
Sunday 17 November 2013 Original Archive Mullingar [clarification needed]
Sunday 24 November 2013 Original Archive Clane
Sunday 1 December 2013 Original Archive Brittas [clarification needed] feat. Senator Katherine Zappone and her wife
Sunday 8 December 2013 Original Archive Killawalla [clarification needed]
Sunday 15 December 2013 Original Archive Firhouse [clarification needed]
Sunday 22 November 2013 Original Archive Stillorgan €90,000

Series 8[edit]

Date Details Location Budget Circumstances

Series 9[edit]

There were eight episodes in series 9.

Date Details Location Budget Circumstances
Sunday, February 7, 2016[7] 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.
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Series 10[edit]

Series 10 has six episodes.

Date Details Location Budget Circumstances
2017 Amazon Prime Season Ten Malahide €180 Robbie and Julie from North Darndale in Dublin saved for 20 years to buy their dream house – a 1940s cottage in the North Dublin Suburbs.
2017 Amazon Prime Schedule Rush on Irish Coast €260 Farmer and Boatbuilder Enda and his wife Mags retire from Brussels Sprout Farm to move home to picturesque seaside village.

Series 11[edit]

Date Details Location Circumstances
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.


  1. ^ "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.
  2. ^ "Series One". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  3. ^ "Series 2". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Programmes". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  5. ^ "The Christmas Special". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2009.
  6. ^ "Room to Improve - Christmas special". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 1 March 2015.
  7. ^ Meadhbh McGrath (7 February 2016). "Dermot Bannon: 'At school, nobody ever saw me as a serious contender for a boyfriend. I wasn't popular and I was quite overweight'". Irish Independent. Retrieved 8 February 2016.

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