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Buying a House To Renovate

Buying a House To Renovate

Thinking of buying a house to renovate? Here’s some inspiration from homeowners in an urban context. The family continued renting before they could move into their self-built refurbished digs, but the result was well worth the

Farmhouse Renovation

Farmhouse Renovation

Stunning views, a family connection and the prospect of an original design prompted Lory Higgins, his partner Sandra and their young family to leave Dublin and set up home in Co

The Contemporary Bungalow

The Contemporary Bungalow

For Rodney and Emma McKay of Co Down, building a ‘traditional’ bungalow was out of the question. And the result is very different indeed to what you’d expect a one and half storey house to look

Matthew & Muiread Kelly’s selfbuild cottage

Matthew & Muiread Kelly’s selfbuild cottage

Matthew and Muiread Kelly’s connection to the land made this selfbuild cottage project a very instinctive one, helped along by Matthew’s engineering background. But there were still plenty of surprises in


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In good health part 2: wastewater treatment options

In good health part 2: wastewater treatment options

Your wastewater options if you're installing a new system in NI or ROI, including costs and practical

The Leak Detective

The Leak Detective

The kits are available to borrow free of charge for a period of two weeks. Armed with a few DIY tools you can conduct your own home energy survey to pinpoint problem areas – and test whether work you’ve carried out has paid off! Public libraries in Dublin city are now …

Robert’s Ballyclare Self-build – Irish designer homes

Robert’s Ballyclare Self-build – Irish designer homes

As an architecture student, I had a fixation with the use of ‘proportion’ systems in building design. From Vitruvius to Le Corbusier, many architects historically employed mathematical and geometric systems to help formulate the layout of their buildings. This approach has …


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Help to Buy scheme causes confusion over deadlines

Help to Buy scheme causes confusion over deadlines

Self-builders who want to avail of the Help to Buy scheme as of 2016 must apply by 31 March 2017 The Help to Buy (HTB) scheme, which helps ROI first time buyers put down a deposit towards purchasing or building their home through a tax rebate, is causing some confusion among …

ROI tax breaks for homeowners represent billions in spending

ROI tax breaks for homeowners represent billions in spending

ROI homeowners have spent €1.2 billion in total through the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) since its launch in 2013, but interest in the scheme in 2016 fell significantly. The Help to Buy scheme introduced in this year’s Budget has however managed to pick up the …

Building on sites with poor drainage will become possible

Building on sites with poor drainage will become possible

In ROI sites with poor drainage will benefit from the EPA’s new Code of Practice, which is expected by the end of the year. The ROI Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking at giving the green light to systems that would make it possible to build on sites with low …