Saturday 21 September 2019

Dermot Bannon has his eye on another celebrity's house after Daniel and Majella O'Donnell's

Dermot Bannon with Daniel and Majella O'Donnell. Photo: James Connolly
Dermot Bannon with Daniel and Majella O'Donnell. Photo: James Connolly
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

TV architect Dermot Bannon has his eye on another celebrity's house after the successful renovation of Daniel and Majella O'Donnell's Donegal home.

Back in February the episode of Room to Improve featuring the O'Donnells drew a massive audience of 722,000 viewers, becoming the highest-rated programme on RTE this year and the most-watched episode ever of the show.

The tension between Daniel and Dermot as the budget spiralled through the project thrilled audiences and it seems Dermot would like to pull in another big Irish personality for another celebrity episode.

“I’d love to do Brendan O’Carroll’s house, wouldn’t that be great to do Mrs Brown’s house," he tells

Brendan O’Carroll (Ian West/PA)
Brendan O’Carroll (Ian West/PA)

With O'Carroll based in Florida for much of the year, it would probably mean a bit of a holiday for Dermot, unless he's thinking of tackling the Mrs Brown set.

While the eleventh series of Room to Improve wrapped last month, a twelfth has already been commissioned.  Such is the show and Dermot's popularity, he receives fan mail all year round.

“I don't get any knickers in the post anyway,” he joked.

“I get a good bit [of fan mail] into the office, I get a lot of school children writing to me. So many school children have written to me, I am going to respond to them all, I’ve responded to about three at the moment, but I do intend to write to them all.”

“It’s weird when you get it first, normally it’s from school kids that love the show, and they’re interested and engaged so that’s great. I’ve never gotten a strange gift… I did a programme in America once where I was cooking porridge and I burnt it, and Flahavan’s sent me over a massive hamper which was great for someone like me who loves porridge.”

This season was the last in which no nonsense Quantity Surveyor Lisa O'Brien will feature in the series and Dermot admits he will miss her presence on the show.

“I've been working with her for two years. She's a good friend, and she always will be," he says.

"She's a QS who we would work with a lot anyway. I'll miss working with her on the show. It's lovely to have a pal on the show who you know will have your back. But it's not the end of the road for us by any means because we work with her in the office.”

WATCH: 'They make me feel like a naughty school kid' - Dermot's best battles with Room to Improve Quantity Surveyors 

Bannon has just finished a first draft for his own family's new Drumcondra home and is gearing up to speak at house 2018 at the RDS this weekend about the mistakes we make when designing our homes.

"I'll talk about the fundamentals of architecture and the things that people have been doing wrong for so long and why. We focus a lot in this country on the final layer, the carpets and cushions, and we never really get it quite right, and hopefully I'll say some things about the simple ways that you can get it right," he says.

"Light is the big thing, and how to get light into your home. People spend a lot of money trying to get light in with white paint and light coloured tiles … but it's vital to get the light right."

Don’t miss Dermot Bannon live on the Inspiration Stage at house 2018, 25-27 May RDS Dublin. Click here for tickets.

Read more: 'It gets my goat' - TV architect Dermot Bannon on his current pet hate in Irish homes

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