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Dermot Bannon celebrates as Room to Improve delivers highest ratings yet


Dermot Bannon and QS Patricia Power

Dermot Bannon and QS Patricia Power

Dermot Bannon and QS Patricia Power

Dermot Bannon is still the nation's favourite architect as Room To Improve returned with some of its highest ratings yet.

The RTE series drew in an impressive audience of 592,300 viewers, or 42pc of the viewers, for the debut episode of series 10.

This is an increase over the opening episode of series 9 which was watched by 584,400 viewers, or a 40pc share of the audience.

On Sunday night's episode viewers were introduced to Robbie and Julie from Darndale, a couple who saved for over 20 years to buy the house of their dreams – a 1940s cottage in the Dublin suburb of Malahide.

Robbie and Julie told Dermot their budget was €180,000 to turn the ramshackle cottage into the house of their dreams.

With a two-storey extension planned, it turned out the remediation costs were so high, Dermot could only deliver a single storey.

However with help from Room To Improve’s new quantity surveyor Lisa O’Brien, Dermot redesigned a two storey extension, reducing its cost to a €30,000 overrun.

Dermot suggested a white kitchen which Robbie and Julie agreed with but they eventually settled on a grey one.

Room To Improve airs Sundays on RTE One at 9:30pm.

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