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Troublesome trees

Troublesome trees

It’s lovely to have a mature site with trees, but they can be troublesome too! We look at all the ways foliage, branches, trunk and roots can impact on a self-build or extension. Roots Whether you’re building new or are adding an extension, you …

Hanging Doors

Hanging Doors

Hanging a door isn’t as difficult as most people think. If you take your time, follow some important steps and have someone available to lend a hand at the right time, it’s a sure way to save a few bob and impress the significant other at the …

Kitchen heaven

Kitchen heaven

In the first of our series on interior design makeovers, we start with the kitchen. Interior designer Jackie Carton shows you what you can achieve on a variety of budgets… Kitchen makeover checklist Ensure the kitchen layout works for you – …

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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Breaking even on a passive house

Breaking even on a passive house

Building to the Passivhaus standard on a budget is not a challenge for the faint hearted, but for Justin O’Keeffe of Co Wicklow there was no other option. He was determined to build his home for the same price it would have cost him to comply with the Building Regulations …

Work & Play

Work & Play

The requirement for a home office has now become commonplace as an increasing number of us telecommute. However Kate and Robert Clark’s home in Co Down had to provide a bit more than that as both spouses work from home – Kate is a lawyer and Robert is a musician who also …

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 …

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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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