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Comment #5381107 by David Dickenson

David Dickenson Aug 19th 2016, 3:18 PM #

A few before and after photos wouldn’t have killed anyone.

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Woman whose home featured on RTÉ's Room To Improve accepts settlement of €100,000

Woman whose home featured on RTÉ's Room To Improve accepts settlement of €100,000

Mary Moore from Rathcoole in south county Dublin featured on the architectural renovation TV series in 2009, when works were carried out on her three-bedroom home.

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    Favourite Ted Murray
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    Aug 19th 2016, 3:40 PM
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    Favourite Ted Murray
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    Aug 19th 2016, 3:45 PM

    I thought it looked good, and wonder why the complaining wasn’t done during the course of the build, instead of fannying around afterwards.

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    Favourite Conor Power
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    Aug 19th 2016, 4:37 PM

    More moolah if you wait until after they have a chance to do it.

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    Favourite Jester VonDoom
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    Aug 19th 2016, 5:10 PM

    There’s a great cringe video from a US home improvements show where they reveal the sitting room to the couple, and they absolutely hate it, tell them they’ll have to put it back the way it was, one of them starts crying

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    Favourite Chlorines72
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    Aug 19th 2016, 5:12 PM

    Please post it up Jester.

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    Favourite Paul
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    Aug 19th 2016, 5:33 PM

    Ted, it’s says remedial works to repair damage so could have been shoddy building rather then the actual design.

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    Favourite Buster VL
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    Aug 19th 2016, 5:43 PM

    Looks very nice to me.. So she has had her home extended and improved for free, AND she wants 100k?

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    Favourite Abi Dennis
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    Aug 19th 2016, 5:58 PM

    It’s not free…

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    Favourite Jester VonDoom
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    Aug 19th 2016, 6:12 PM
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    Favourite Chlorines72
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    Aug 19th 2016, 6:25 PM

    Thanks!

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    Favourite David Murphey
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    Aug 19th 2016, 6:29 PM

    It’s not free.

    The homeowner has to pay the builder.

    Only Bannon’s fees are free.

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    Favourite Ted Murray
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    Aug 19th 2016, 6:41 PM

    Had it been shoddy building work, I doubt that anyone responsible for the design would have been on the hit-list. “Remedial” work could have been a question of changing something to suit her preference, and not repairing damage as such.

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    Aug 19th 2016, 8:53 PM

    A lot of faults can’t be known until the home is in use. Funny how registered architects can screw up and get away with it while some very good architects aren’t even allowed to sign off any more due to the RIAI monopoly backed up by Irish law.

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    Favourite Billy McNamara
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    Aug 19th 2016, 9:08 PM

    ‘ Ted Murray..Possible settlement cracks , leaks and condensation etc won’t appear for months after a rebuild.

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    Favourite Jho Harris
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    Aug 19th 2016, 10:13 PM

    Hang on there now, how come in example 5 of the before and after images, the ground outside is still covered in snow and the area thawed out is exactly the same shape? Was room ( play on Rome , I didn’t forget to type “the”) build in a day or was a Photoshop job done?

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    Favourite Alois Irlmaier
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    Aug 19th 2016, 10:45 PM

    Jester that happened on the BBC as well.

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    Favourite Virtual Architect
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    Aug 20th 2016, 12:08 AM

    At least 9 disgruntled RIAI members on here so far I see

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    Aug 20th 2016, 12:21 AM

    The RIAI if which Mr. Bannon is a member is: 1. A charity. 2. A private club. 3 Is enshrined in statute so that ” architect” is like a knighthood. This cabal has effectively sole discretion to anoint their preferred candidates thanks to the recent building control acts. Good luck with reporting any wrong doing by their members. There is no disciplinary procedure. My professional advice: Hire by reputation. Don’t let RIAI membership give you a false sense of security.

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    Favourite Helen Kenny
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    Aug 20th 2016, 12:41 AM

    There was an English one were they did each others house too and one poor couple came back to find there room was for all the world a brothal with leopard prints red satin and fur everywhere they were not happy and didn’t blame them

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    Favourite Colm O'Leary
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    Aug 20th 2016, 11:58 AM

    I would second that. I made the mistake of hiring a RIAI architect, thinking I’d get some sort of insight into the design. What I got was someone who as the project went on seemed more concerned that he was going to get paid €11,000 for just the plans (plus another €360 for planning) and another €22,000 if I wanted him to project manage the job. Eventually left me with a set of plans that were unbuildable with walls crossing Windows etc. Eventually I hired an architect and for €400 I got a whole set of plans, everything the other guy did and more, including everything I needed for the planning application. The RIAI is a con , there for the protection of their members, not the public, so don’t think they are going to be any help if you get into trouble with one of their members!

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    Favourite Ally Collyer
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    Aug 20th 2016, 5:44 PM

    @Colm O’Leary

    In my husband’s experience as Clerk of Works in building & construction, most architects do not live on this planet, but “Fullers Earth”
    They are so far up their posteriors believing themselves to be on a par with deity and could, therefor do no wrong.
    It looks like your first architect was one of these!!

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