Dermot V Christine on last night's Room to Improve was the testiest battle yet
The budget is always a bone of contention on Room to Improve, but it's usually architect Dermot Bannon pushing his clients to stump up more cash to fund his lofty ambitions.
Not so on Sunday night's episode, however, as the client, IT manager Christine, didn't appear to grasp that her €130,000 budget only went so far (ie not very far).
She was not prepared to compromise on any of the requests on her 22 page wish list for the renovation of her €435,000 Clontarf home, which included underfloor heating, a meditation room, a large kitchen island, and a walk in wardrobe for her 100 pairs of shoes.
Not even the formidable QS Lisa could scale back Christine's plans.
"I'm not even going to get into this with Christine," Lisa told Dermot at the outset, "because it's fictitious at this point. Realistically she needs more money to get what she wants. She has a 22 page wish list. She wants electric gates and paved and gravelled..."
When Dermot said Christine would be disappointed, Lisa replied, "I think it's a dose of reality now".
Just catching up on #roomtoimprove talk about notions 🙄— orlagh winters (@owinters) March 5, 2018
@DermotBannon I saw this house in a magazine can u build it for me in my backyard. I only have €150 to spend on it and it must have underfloor heating. Cheers #roomtoimprove pic.twitter.com/Krab6BXrCc— Stephen Kearns (@TheChang1980) March 5, 2018
Unfortunately Dermot's original plan had to be reworked after the discovery of structural problems from crumbling walls to a woodworm infestation. Christine preferred the new plan, much to Dermot's surprise. But alas things did not go smoothly thereafer.
Many viewers took issue with Christine's apparent 'notions', but others came to her defence, pointing out that she simply knew what she wanted and Dermot seemingly made some decisions without consulting her.
Christine wanted a red brick wall in her kitchen. Dermot wanted a white brick wall in her kitchen. They agreed to build a sample of each side by side but Dermot turned up with the wrong red brick. He then magically produced two of the correct red brick from the boot of his car when Christine objected.
Christine eventually went with the white anyway.
The house is bloody gorgeous. Dermot is brilliant!! Christine obviously works incredibly hard to get what she has. And, remember, pre-recorded TV shows can be edited in any number of ways. #roomtoimprove— Muireann O'Connell (@MuireannO_C) March 4, 2018
Dermot also ordered the windows without consulting her. She wanted them handmade, which she couldn't afford, so Dermot ordered the affordable versions. Christine did not know until they were fitted. He also ordered a white kitchen when she wanted blue.
They also clashed over the kitchen island. Dermot argued there was not enough space, but Christine was determined. She got a mini one in the end.
Fair play to Christine. She has a beautiful house in the end and didn’t compromise on what she really wanted. It’s her money, would the same be said if it were a male client with the same requests? Dermot did a super job. #roomtoimprove pic.twitter.com/16geLlnL5R— Niamh O'Brien (@NiamhOBrien2) March 4, 2018
It was exhausting to watch and was undoubtedly even more so for Christine and Dermot to experience together.
In the end Christine got pretty much everything she wanted, but she paid for it, with her budget stretching to more than €170,000 in the end.
As QS Lisa put it, "She did get everything she wanted but she paid for it."
And you'd wonder why cyberbullying with kids is a thing when you see grown adults comments of that girl on #RoomToImprove. Who cares how she got her money, what she looks like or why she is single. Fair play to her and her beautiful home.— Leanne Vaughey (@leannevau) March 4, 2018
For all the tweets tonight, I bet Christine is sitting in her €130k-ish conversion in clontarf with her underfloor heating having the last laugh #RoomToImprove— Niamh Uí Ghráda (@laniamh) March 4, 2018
Room to Improve, RTÉ One, Sundays at 9.30pm