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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Bannon designs his new home 'like an Irish pub'

Dermot Bannon bought another house in Drumcondra. Picture: Naoise Culhane
Dermot Bannon bought another house in Drumcondra. Picture: Naoise Culhane
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

TV architect Dermot Bannon has moved his family into rented accommodation while his new home undergoes a complete refit in the style of a pub

The Room to Improve presenter recently bought a three-bedroom home in Drumcondra in north Dublin for close to €800,000.

"I'm treating it a bit like a pub, that we have one central space that's open plan and there's going to be lots of snugs off it," he said.

"The house is an experiment. We have an office, we've got a play room, we've got a living room, we've got a dining room, we've got a kitchen - all in the one space. But I'm using levels, I'm using the light so that the spaces that you're drawn to in the morning will be smaller and more intimate spaces when you're together. Evening times are when people gather, so that'll be where the bigger dining table is going to be."

Bannon and his wife Louise, who have three children, decided to sell their old home on Bantry Road in Drumcondra when they realised the house had served them well.

He admits the whole process is nerve-wracking.

"We're moving from an open-plan house, and there have been lots of advantages and disadvantages to open-plan living," he said. "So it's an experiment in open-plan living because there's no point in me banging on about it for everybody else if I don't do it myself…

"I'm nervous about it because if it works out it's going to be amazing, because it means that we'll all still be together, we can all talk to each other, yet be in different spaces.

"The kitchen is going to be the hub of the whole house. It's about creating different atmospheres. Because small spaces are nice too, like when you get into a snug.

"Do you know when at Christmas time you're all gathered around a fire in a little pub or a stove or just in a snug, there's something lovely about that."

Bannon, who was speaking as he partnered with Vodafone gigabit broadband, says a crucial planning issue for him is ensuring his house is connected to fast fibre broadband.

Irish Independent

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