Patricia Power is one of Ireland’s most renowned Quantity Surveyors. She has been a major feature on the much-loved TV Show RTE’s Room to Improve. She was involved in the show for 5 out of the 11 series and is best known for her straight-talking no-nonsense approach, continually delivering projects on budget, whilst always considering and preserving the design aspirations by Dermot and the clients.
Get to know her a little better with these 20 questions!
What is your first memory? My first holy communion day, I remember the evening before my Mum tied my hair up with strips of old sheets and I had to sleep with them that night, just to have my hair in ringlets!
The last thing you think about before falling asleep is… What day is it tomorrow and what time do I need to be up at! I love it when it’s the weekend.
Who is the most interesting person you’ve ever met? I couldn’t single out one person, my clients would change on a regular enough basis, so I’m always meeting new and interesting personalities. Over the time of a project you get to know clients and their personalities really well, I love being able to read situations.
Have you ever been in love? Yes, I fell in love at a very young age while in college, we are now married and have four beautiful girls.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest? I’d love to have Rachel Allen for dinner, however she’d have to cook, I’d do the wash-up!!
Happiness is… Being true to yourself, being direct and honest…it’s something I learned at a very young age, no advantage in lying, the truth always wins out… my mother used to always say this to us.
Who would play you in a film adaptation of your life? Sarah Jessica Parker – may as well aim high! I briefly meet her a few years back when holidaying in France, and I thought she’d be ideal… she asked me how to get into a children’s playground – the gate wouldn’t open!
What could you not live without? My family and friends, that’s what makes life worth living. I have some of the best friends ever from school days and we are always here for each other, we could probably write each other’s sentences at this stage.
Tell us a secret. I don’t keep any, I always have to talk about it…no matter how hard it is… maybe it’s a woman thing, we love to talk and discuss stuff.
Why are we here? To create the next generation and set it up for them as best possible, what we do and build now will affect them.
What’s your greatest vice? A morning coffee, I can’t give it up…but I am now down to one, that’s an improvement on 3-4.
You are inspired by… I really admire Miriam O’Callaghan, I think she is great, how she has juggled a career for many years, in a very demanding public role, and a large family..
The song you’re most likely to sing at karaoke is… I would avoid this at all cost, it would be very unfair on people if I sang… But secretly I do sing in the car with the kids, with the volume up high, it does cover my voice… the song of the moment is Shotgun!
What is your guiltiest pleasure? I love to clothes shop, for me, it’s a real time-out, I call it my retail therapy – I try and do this on a weekly basis. Sometimes I come home with nothing, but I always feel as if I’ve gotten out and had a complete break.
What is your happiest memory? Finding out I was pregnant, and having each of my four kids, I can ‘t single one out over the other.
Where is your favourite place in the whole world? I have a few, but a little town named Santa Maria in Italy, where I got married 11 years ago, probably wins. It’s real old-style Italy, a beautiful small quaint beach, town with incredible views, sun sets and great Italian food & wine.
The movie/s you could watch again and again is/are… . I always watch ‘The Holiday’, it’s my annual Christmas movie to watch with my husband.
What makes you angry? People who lie, and lie to my face… I would prefer people to be honest and upfront and let’s deal with it.
What would you like to be remembered for? Being a great mother – and inspiring more females to enter the construction industry, I’d be happy with that.
What are you working on right now? I am multi-tasking as ever, I have my busy private practice and am working on my speech for the October Ideal Homes Exhibition. I love doing this as it makes me think laterally, and gets me out of the day-to-day job of crunching numbers. And it’s very rewarding too – when you can help others, it’s only at these events that you realise the wealth of knowledge that you have can be so valuable to others when embarking on a new build or an extension.