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Advisors

Advisors

Who they are, what they do and how much they cost Architect and architectural technologist: They are mostly concerned with the design of your home, drawing up the plans of a house or extension on the basis of your wish list. Even if you have a very …

Sparks!

Sparks!

You can’t do any electrical work yourself but whether you’re renovating or building new, it’s good to get to know the basic requirements and regulations Choosing an electrician Whether you’re building new or renovating, know that if you’re …

Rise to the top

Rise to the top

A roof space conversion is an ideal method of extending your home. But even if you are fairly experienced in construction work, this is not a project to rush into without a great deal of thought Building an extra room at the back of your house may …

Working the Home Office

Working the Home Office

Home office spaces have become very much the norm as so many of us now run a business from our own house. Whether you need a dedicated room or a nook to open your post and pay your bills, it’s important to have a space that helps you shift into …

Going up?

Going up?

Thinking of extending your home or trading up for another one? Then ask yourself; can I create my ideal home by simply changing its existing footprint? Tim Lavin looks at the options, from budget-conscious to more ambitious conversion …


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Test of time

Test of time

Almost a decade ago John and Julie McHugh decided to self-build for the same reasons most couples do: to live in a family home that’s tailor-made and energy efficient. The question is, has it stood the test of time? When John was growing up on the family farm, the ‘brow of …

Polar opposites

Polar opposites

For Anna and Walt White of Co Antrim the prospect of living without central heating seemed too good to be true… “We’d only lived in historic buildings before; Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian,” says Anna. “They were all cold and we couldn’t do much about it because …

Domino effect

Domino effect

After meeting their architect through a fundraiser, things just fell into place for James and Patricia Perry of Co Antrim. Holiday homes are often bought because of their location; that’s not to say the house isn’t important but ‘falling in love’ with it certainly …

Family history

Family history

It’s rare to come across a house that’s been lived in by the same family since the 19th Century, let alone have it retain its ‘cottage feel’… For Hugh Synnott of Co Meath the charm of living in his childhood home started to wear off in the 1990s. “The original …

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Wash and blow dry

Wash and blow dry

The Swiss are expert chocolatiers. What is not so widely appreciated is their design and manufacturing ability, particularly when it comes to bathrooms. Geberit especially are very innovative and once again have developed a product that is set to change our bathrooms, but only …

Spreading their wings

Spreading their wings

During the post Celtic Tiger slump, many architectural practices either closed or shed large numbers of staff; such was the fate of Steven Bell and Joseph Magill. A firm belief however, in their ability to provide architectural services people and businesses still wanted, led to …