Wicklow couple make return on Room to Improve

Carmel and Hugh O’ Neill featured in last year’s series – they are the parents of Hilary and Paul Fairbrother. Hilary, Paul and their two children had moved into her old family home, while her parents wanted to downsize to a brand new build on their land with its stunning views overlooking Blessington Lakes in West Wicklow.

Carmel and Hugh wanted a home which was going to be manageable for them both going into their later years in life and Dermot’s brief was to deliver this. Their previous house had been cold, hard to manage and just too big for them so Dermot’s design needed to reflect a home with their requirements while also still capturing the stunning view they had in their old home. The house was being built on the same grounds of their own home so Dermot was very conscious of giving both families privacy

Once planning was approved – Dermot took Hugh and Carmel on a road of discovery that a modern design would most definitely still deliver their requirements. Dermot was adamant that their home resulted in a warm home with elements from their old home that they so dearly loved, but they also had a budget to stick too also. Their new home resulted in an A3 rated bungalow that met their needs perfectly.

RTE 1 Sunday 9.30pm Sunday January 22

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