I’ve become completely obsessed by this programme. I was convinced that I would never see an episode where Dermot didn’t go over budget and wondered if anyone ever told him their real budget for that very reason! However, this week they came in €16,000 UNDER budget. Amazing! I was also delighted to hear that they reinvested this saving into their kitchen and appliances!
It was a really interesting project though. It’s such a shame to hear that the planners dictated how it all went and that poor Ben had no chance of getting his ensuite! The dynamic between project manager and architect was very funny to watch. I always think there’s a huge spoilt child in Dermot who wants every job to be done with his design in mind and forget budget or what the client actually wants. How could they possibly disagree with his vision???
It’s not the first time though that I’ve heard clients express the fact that even as the walls go up and things start to take shape, it is impossible for them to visualize the completed project. This is where the experts come in, but not just to visualize on the client’s behalf but to paint that picture for them, help them to see what we see.
I did feel for Dermot when the curved wall became an issue. There was a little bit of accusation there, as if he’d gotten it all wrong by putting it there in the first place. I loved his quote “form follows function”. He was doing as requested and incorporating a home office. I think had they decided from the planning stage to leave out the office, the shape of the extension would have been completely different. Hindsight, though is a wonderful thing.
I loved the kitchen in the end as well. I was kind of surprised that they didn’t put any wall units into though, now that they had the height, but the black and walnut were spectacular. I would have expected maybe a black high gloss door to be more contemporary but to my surprise the vertical lines on the painted door were brilliant.