Saturday 18 November 2017

Dermot Bannon: 'I’m not as critical about my own house, I hardly even check it'

Dermot Bannon outside his Dublin home
Dermot Bannon outside his Dublin home
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Dermot Bannon might be a perfectionist on Room to Improve but when it comes to his own house, the architect said he isn’t as critical.

The RTE star said his Drumcondra home is very ordinary, and said although he and his wife Louise made plans to renovate the house 12 years ago, they have yet to put his drawings into action.

Dermot Bannon at his Dublin home
Dermot Bannon at his Dublin home

Speaking on FM104’s Strawberry Alarm Clock, Dermot said: "My house is very ordinary.

"We have an old house and we have picture rails so all you have to do is hang the pictures on a string.

"We have paintings and drawings that I’ve done and that we’ve collected over the years and they’re all still sitting around the couch and we’ve been living in the house 12 years now.

"We have three doors on the ground floor, and two of them don’t match. We’ve a leak from the roof light which I’ve known about for six years."

Dermot Bannon with an original 1920s cast-iron fireplace in his Dublin home
Dermot Bannon with an original 1920s cast-iron fireplace in his Dublin home

The dad-of-three (44) has had a few squabbles with builders and his quantity surveyor on the hit RTE show, but says when it comes to his own property, he’s more forgiving.

"When you do it for a living, you don’t want to do it at home.”

"I’m not as critical about my own house, if someone just comes in and does the job I’m happy, I hardly even check it," he said.

This season, Dermot has been joined by a new quantity surveyor, Lisa O’Brien, who replaced QS Patricia Power.

Dermot Bannon at his home. Pic by Naomi Gaffey/VIP
Dermot Bannon at his home. Pic by Naomi Gaffey/VIP

Speaking to the Irish Independent in January, Dermot said Lisa is well-able to tackle disputes with builders.

"There is no messing with her. She's on the ball. She's brilliant with builders. And she takes no bulls***."

"She busts my balls and asks, 'Why haven't you got that done?', and I say, 'Patricia would never speak to me like that!'"

Dermot Bannon and Lisa O'Brien. Photographer Verona McQuaid,
Dermot Bannon and Lisa O'Brien. Photographer Verona McQuaid,

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