The televised makeover of a Co Wexford home is intriguing as it highlights how all households should have their own space and make design work for us.
The renovation team removed the wallpaper, peeling off the past, one layer at a time, while owner Mary O’Brien and her pals sorted and sent a life of mess in her path.
Róisín sat down with Mary at the start. “Why am I here?” she asked.
The kitchen, like most of the house, was not accessible or usable, she stressed.
“Now I’m flying, I won’t always be flying in 20 years. “
Mary has lived here since she was about three years old, Róisín added. “This is his home, and it has remained unchanged, as if we were stepping back in time. She’s irreverent and bouncy, but she looks like her parents Tom and Sheila’s house, she doesn’t look like Mary’s house.
Kitchen design “encompasses something that I’m really passionate about, universal design”, according to the architect.
This was no ordinary layout, and the team quickly realized that this important change would take much longer than expected. There really is ‘something about Mary’ as so many friends and family colleagues were eager to help and praise the owner.
There were cameo roles from everyone from Superintendent Garda at Mary’s workplace to the local priest, Father Pat and country music star Michael English, who were all excited to chat about their friend.
As for Mary’s verdict? “I’m moving forward now, it’s my house, it will be more accessible for me, I will enjoy it more, and never clutter it up again.