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Fresh start

Fresh start

House hunting is fun, but it soon begins to lose its glamour after you’ve been doing it for two years and are eager to set down roots and buy your first home! After this long wait, the option that was presented to Niamh Donnelly and her boyfriend …

A happy medium

A happy medium

When Nick and Kate O’Neill bought an Irish fisherman’s cottage on the Co Wicklow seaside, they knew they had to take their time finding the right design team to turn it into a home they could retire to. The first architect Nick and Kate …

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 …

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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Blessing in disguise

Blessing in disguise

Being granted planning permission is, in most cases, a cause to celebrate. However for John and Susan Black of Co Antrim it was a bit of an anti-climax as they soon realised the house they’d planned to build didn’t fit the site! “The plot was quite challenging being …

Cubism

Cubism

What looks like a simple modernist cube is actually a carefully crafted split-level five storey house… A contemporary home is what Julie and Robert Sturgeon of Co Galway always dreamed of, something that was individual and unique, suited to their lifestyle. “There was an …

Dream holiday

Dream holiday

When you find the perfect place to relax, it’s tempting to think about buying a holiday home. Máirín and Kevin Conroy were lucky to find one in Co Mayo, although it did need some work… “We’d stayed in a lot of horrible holiday homes and that galvanised us to go on …

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Going with the (natural) flow

Going with the (natural) flow

Given our enduring love affair with technology, an increasing number of systems and services are powered by electricity, so it’s refreshing to find one that isn’t, and an extremely vital one too. The BIOROCK® Sewage Treatment System uses no electricity, has no moving parts …

Mexican wave

Mexican wave

Ireland may be an island on the edge of Europe but we are well known for making our mark on the world stage against bigger, more populated countries. Proving this once again are GMS Insulations who, at the gala dinner and awards ceremony following the 2014 Icynene Global …

For your eyes only

For your eyes only

As you will have on this pages over recent months, there are a regular stream of new construction products. It’s actually quite difficult to think of a part of the house building process that hasn’t changed radically, yet there is one, and that’s the hard surfacing …

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