Friday 17 November 2017

Everyone was divided about one thing on Room to Improve last night

Dessie, Kelly and Dermot on Room to Improve. Image: RTE
Dessie, Kelly and Dermot on Room to Improve. Image: RTE
Kelly's utility room on Room to Improve. Image: RTE
Kelly's utility room on Room to Improve. Image: RTE
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The nation was divided about one thing on Room to Improve on Sunday night.

Dermot Bannon returned to our screens last night to help GAA star Dessie Dolan and his wife Kelly from Moate, Co Westmeath design their dream home.

The couple bought a cottage on a "hopelessly exposed site" and were looking to create privacy, despite being surrounded by a housing estate, golf course and old railway line.

As so happens on every episode of the home improvement series, Dermot's initial design comes with a few questions, with the most prominent being the size of Kelly's beloved utility room.

Kelly's utility room on Room to Improve. Image: RTE
Kelly's utility room on Room to Improve. Image: RTE

"I do have an unusual request," said Kelly to Dermot.

"Just to have a large utility room. The utility is what drives me mad. Football bags, wellies, golf clubs, mops, buckets, everything that I fall over. If I had a really good working utility with lots of space... that's the dream."

"I've spent the last couple of week designing the house and the first question [from Kelly] is,'Is the utility room big enough?' I'm thinking 'Oh God,'" said Bannon.

"We've got the biggest utility room in Ireland. There's only a bigger one in the Shelbourne Hotel," he assured Kelly.

Kelly's utility room on Room to Improve. Image: RTE
Kelly's utility room on Room to Improve. Image: RTE

Viewers took to Twitter to express their thoughts on the size of the room, with one saying: "That utility room would fetch €1000 a month in Dublin!"

Another explained the importance of the utility room to an Irish woman: "A nice utility room is to an Irish woman what a walk in wardrobe was to Carrie Bradshaw in Sex in the City."

People couldn't help but express their envy about Kelly and Dessie's new utility room: "Gorgeous couple, fabulous house and the utility room totally lived up to the hype! I just kicked the door on mine in disgust!"

"A nice utility room, the things that dreams are made of."

However, some viewers weren't impressed with the finished result.

"Despite all the talk about the utility room, it wasn't that big in the end! Great job on the house though."

"Ah here. I expected a bigger utility room," said another user.

Despite all of the confusion surrounding the room, Kelly was thrilled with the finished result.

"I know it's not something that every young woman would ask for, but for me it just makes family life a lot easier."

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