Tuesday 17 October 2017

Dermot Bannon: 'Irish people have an unhealthy obsession with property'

Dermot Bannon. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan
Dermot Bannon. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Dermot Bannon believes the nation is "obsessed" with how much our homes are worth and hopes that his RTE series Room to Improve does not feed into the boom.

The architect said he hopes the programme does not encourage the Irish fixation with property but instead inspire people to make the most of the space they already have.

Speaking to the RTE Guide, Dermot said: "We have an unhealthy obsession with property but this show is about design and how a well-designed a space can nurture your soul. I do think we're obsessed with how much our homes are worth and that got us into huge trouble. We see property as a commodity and not as a home."

The Dublin-based architect has said he has gotten a reputation for going over-budget on the RTE show and said the first and second series of Room to Improve "tainted him".

Back on our screens: Dermot Bannon and QS Lisa O'Brien. Photo: Verona McQuaid
Back on our screens: Dermot Bannon and QS Lisa O'Brien. Photo: Verona McQuaid
Dermot Bannon and Lisa O'Brien. Photographer Verona McQuaid,

"We have finished on budget for years. I think seasons one and two tainted me forever because I finished a few houses over budget and that is all I will ever be known for now," he said.

The tenth series of the hit renovation programme returned to RTE on Sunday night, with a new quantity surveyor in tow, Linda O'Brien, who replaced Patricia Power.

Speaking to Weekend magazine, Dermot said there is no messing with his new project partner.

"There is no messing with her.

Dermot Bannon celebrates the tenth series of the hit show Room to Improve returning to our screens
Dermot Bannon celebrates the tenth series of the hit show Room to Improve returning to our screens

"She's on the ball. She's brilliant with builders. And she takes no bulls***."

"She busts my balls and asks, 'Why haven't you got that done?', and I say, 'Patricia would never speak to me like that!'"

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