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Dermot Bannon was at his wit's end over a door on the finale of Room to Improve

That’s it for another year.

ANOTHER SEASON OF Room to Improve has come and gone.

There were some sweet moments, like Dermot hanging around with a granny and making some scones. We got to see the inside of Daniel O’Donnell’s home. And of course, we had the usual vicarious stress of watching people try stick to a reasonable budget.

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This year the budgets ended up bigger than ever, and last night’s episode was no different. Dermot headed to Stillorgan to meet Lorna and Rory, who had €280,000 to blow, in the hopes of ending up with a house that was worth €1.1 million in the end.

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From the get-go, Dermot seemed a little bit uneasy about how amicable this week’s clients were.


Almost zero resistance. It’s very rare that Dermot finds clients who trust his vision this much.

However, that didn’t last very long.

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Lorna decided that she wanted her front-door centred, because she always found herself rammed up against the wall when she was trying to unlock the door while her kids were running around and she was carrying shopping bags, and school bags etc.  Dermot was not having a bar of that.

It would change the look of the house. Putting the door in the middle is real traditional thing to do.

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Dermot explained that this front door was the base for his entire vision on this project.

As an architect, you always kind of take a point of reference. So, I’m thinking of a kinda Malibu bungalow hanging over the edge of a cliff with an infinity pool, right? So, that’s the dream. And what we’re trying to do is create a little bit of that here.

A cliff-side Malibu bungalow with an infinity pool? It’s a semi-detached house in Stillorgan, Dermot.

Lorna wasn’t the only one who was baffled by Dermot’s insistence.

Heading out to the door shop just added complication.

Dermot wanted a solid door, like this:

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While Lorna was adamant that she wanted a glass door:

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Dermot was definitely missing the days when Lorna agreed with everything he said. In the end, the pair of them headed out to a restaurant and drew up the plans for a compromise.

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The pair of them continued to argue over whether the door belonged in the centre of the hall, but eventually Dermot convinced Lorna to leave it where it originally was. His solution to the entire problem was putting the door in the wrong way around.

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At least they made a decision by the time the episode was over. We thought #doorgate would never end. Just as well the show won’t be back until next year, we need a bit of a holiday after watching that.

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