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Celtic Tiger bling homes are over – Bannon

IRISH homeowners have given up on the "temple to me" attitude that prevailed during the Celtic Tiger boom and become far more practical when it comes to their homes.

RTE's Room To Improve expert, architect Dermot Bannon, said householders these days were more down to earth when it came to housing needs

"Homeowners are moving away from the idea of 'I need my house to be a temple to me'," he said. "The bling of the late 2000s was ridiculous. People were inviting people over to eat and just hoped they would admire the room and didn't care about the food.

"All the crassness has gone now. People are realising they may be stuck in their home, on a tracker mortgage so they can't move and the banks won't lend.

"People are reconfiguring their homes to suit their needs."

Mr Bannon said there were fresh challenges for families to consider with rising energy prices. His role as an architect has altered to take into account the changing landscape of post-Celtic Tiger Ireland.

 

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"WHAT I LOVE NOW IS THAT IT IS ABOUT GETTING TO THE CORE OF WHAT PEOPLE NEED," HE SAID. "IT NEEDS TO BE A NICE PLACE TO WORK, STUDY, A NICE QUALITY OF SPACE. PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO OIL PRICES AND THEY WANT TO FUTUREPROOF THEIR HOME. WE'VE GOT RID OF ALL THE FRIVOLOUS THINGS NOW. ROOM TO IMPROVE IS NOT ABOUT HAVING THE MOST AMOUNT OF MONEY BUT MAKING THE MOST OF THE SPACE.

Mr Bannon is taking part in the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Simon Communities Open Door this weekend, where householders can see an architect for a €50 charity donation. See www.simonopendoor.ie.

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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