Meet Christine. She was Dermot’s client on last night’s Room To Improve.
After buying a terraced house in Clontarf, she was keen to have some Bannon magic throughout it.
Christine was definite in what she was looking for from Dermot, and Twitter was definite in their feeling for her.
But some people were very impressed with her.
Ppl are very critical of Christine. She knew what she wanted and fit a lot in the project for her budget. Sounds smart to me! #roomtoimprove— Luke Benson (@lukegerbenson) March 4, 2018
She was certainly prepared with a 25-page wishlist…
25 pages of ideas!!!! #roomtoimprove— Olivia King (@chuckles33) March 4, 2018
And she was certain she wanted an island in her kitchen.
However, Dermot and QS Lisa were wary about the budget.
She says the budget is €130k. I can tell you now it isn't. #roomtoimprove— Enda Fanning (@EFFanning) March 4, 2018
Love how straight talking Lisa is ...’dose of reality’ needed 😂 #RoomToImprove— jennifer lee (@jeniblee) March 4, 2018
And the ‘dose of reality’ came when Dermot revealed his plan…and the expectations and the budget clashed.
She wants Sex and the City but has an Eastenders budget.🙈 #roomtoimprove— Eilis Brennan (@eilisbrennan) March 4, 2018
‘I’m disappointed that things cost so much’ - I can’t even deal with this. #roomtoimprove— Peter (@peterc83) March 4, 2018
And Lisa was quick to hand out the reality medicine.
Lisa would make a deadly finance minister #roomtoimprove— Lise Hand (@liseinthecity) March 4, 2018
This QS takes no prisoners. #RoomToImprove— Paula O'Connor (@paulaoconnor_) March 4, 2018
As the build began, problems emerged.
This is the best one yet!
She's going to do her nut over the woodworm #RoomToImprove— john william osullivan (@putlock) March 4, 2018
Woodworm, drainage issue. All's needed now is dry rot to make the Victorian refurb trilogy. #RoomToImprove— Miriam Ahern (@MiriamAhern) March 4, 2018
Ah the old foundation issue ....#RoomToImprove— AidenD (@durka76) March 4, 2018
House redesigned to solve the issues, and Christine was much happier.
‘Totally in line with my requirements’ 😂 #RoomToImprove— Emer Roche (@bemerboche) March 4, 2018
But there was quite a debate over the bricks for the garden.
Red bricks, white bricks... I think it’s the yellow brick road we are all on tonight.... #roomtoimprove..— jennifer lee (@jeniblee) March 4, 2018
In the end, Dermot won out with his grey brick.
There was another visit from Lisa as the tight budget was stretched further.
However, the kitchen proved problematic. Christine did get her island…
…but there was an issue with the colour.
in fairness Dermot if you're going to change her colour scheme at least consult with the client! #roomtoimprove— Kate Bielinski (@katebielinski) March 4, 2018
The cabinet maker must be feeling totes awks standing there while mam and dad fight. #RoomToImprove— Michelle de Norraig (@myshellybelle) March 4, 2018
But would the house turn out to be Christine’s dream house? Of course it would!
Dermot has brought the style and sophistication of a New York loft to Christine’s vintage red brick house.March 4, 2018
“She arrived with a scrapbook full of dreams.March 4, 2018
The house looks good. #roomtoimprove— Olivia Chau (@olliechau) March 4, 2018
#roomtoimprove Well done Christine. Your home is amazing, especially the blue kitchen.— Fiscal Space (@WigglesTiggles) March 4, 2018
He’s done it again, fair play, the boys got talent. #RoomToImprove— david whelan (@dulchiewhelan) March 4, 2018
And a lot of people had a soft spot for Christine by the end of it all.
The house is bloody gorgeous. Dermot is brilliant!! Christine obviously works incredibly hard to get what she has. And, remember, pre-recorded TV shows can be edited in any number of ways. #roomtoimprove— Muireann O'Connell (@MuireannO_C) March 4, 2018
Fair play to Christine. She has a beautiful house in the end and didn’t compromise on what she really wanted. It’s her money, would the same be said if it were a male client with the same requests? Dermot did a super job. #roomtoimprove pic.twitter.com/16geLlnL5R— Niamh O'Brien (@NiamhOBrien2) March 4, 2018
For all the tweets tonight, I bet Christine is sitting in her €130k-ish conversion in clontarf with her underfloor heating having the last laugh #RoomToImprove— Niamh Uí Ghráda (@laniamh) March 4, 2018