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Three in one

Three in one

This modern take on a traditional farmhouse is, for Suzie and Paul Johnston, everything they wanted in a house, but it was Suzie’s involvement during the build that gave it that personal touch which makes it very clearly their own family home. …

All in the family

All in the family

Being close to your family is one thing, it’s quite another to let them build your house! David and Mary McDonagh of Co. Mayo did just that, and they haven’t looked back since… Like many young couples, David and Mary decided to rent for …

Easy living

Easy living

Violet Crosbie of Co Tyrone has lived and worked on the family farm her entire married life. And with two of her children marrying into construction, it’s little wonder that the new home that was built for her, a stone’s throw from the original …

The sky’s the limit

The sky’s the limit

What can you do with a 20-year-old conservatory, a previous kitchen extension and a fair dose of imagination? For Michael and Rita Mooney of South Belfast the answer consisted of doubling the roof height with a cathedral ceiling and installing the …

Extend and renovate!

Extend and renovate!

Patrick and Louise Menary extended and refurbished their 1830s semi-detached family home out of necessity; there was a damp problem and they needed more space. What they didn’t realise was that they’d catch a bug – the self-build bug that …

DIY: The Essential Tool Kit

DIY: The Essential Tool Kit

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to do a job with the wrong tools. It makes the simplest of tasks infuriating. Instead of taking ten minutes, you can spend an hour trying to loosen off the last screw with a butter knife! Desperate …

How to lay Solid Wooden Floors

How to lay Solid Wooden Floors

There is great value at the moment on wooden floors, and laying them isn’t as difficult as you might think! Ciaran Hegarty shows you how. Natural wood is what’s known as hygroscopic, which means it will absorb and release moisture depending on …


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Top it off

Top it off

Extending above a garage is a great way to add space without running the risk of blocking light either to, or from, the extension. This was the option Neil and April Branigan chose for their brick-faced detached home in Co Down. Auctioneers tend to market houses as ‘four …

History in the making

History in the making

Conservation architects will tell you the best way to preserve an historic building is to live in it; the occupier is likely to spot and deal with things like leaky downpipes early on, thereby avoiding irreparable damage. Taking things a step further, old houses often require …

In it for the long run

In it for the long run

When planning for their retirement, James and Carol Tynan toyed with the idea of building a new home. Instead they decided to increase their Co Meath bungalow by building a sunroom extension. What they didn’t foresee was the temptation to carry out a string of upgrades… …

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Looking for advice?

Looking for advice?

This year marks the 10th Anniversary of the RIAI Simon Open Door Days. Registered architects in ROI will donate one hour of their time to discuss your home renovation or new build project in exchange for a €50 contribution towards Simon Community, a charity which endeavours to …

Free basements guide

Free basements guide

The Basement Information Centre (TBIC) is offering a free download of its popular Waterproofing Design Guide, which provides succinct guidance on BS 8102:2009, the Code of practice for protection of below ground structures against water from the ground. This publication was …

In the beginning

In the beginning

A new home, extension or renovation project takes a lot of effort, but it’s worth it to be able to create something as individual as you. Damian Walls of the new Creative Living NI shop at Falcon Road, Belfast (off Boucher Road), says ‘the only limit is your …

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