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Lock right lock tight

Lock right lock tight

According to the Central Statistics Office, in the past year over 26,000 burglaries took place in Ireland. The first six months of 2014 alone saw almost 18,000 break ins and it’s during the winter months when days are shorter and darker that most of them happen. How can you keep your home safe from attack?

Primary numbers

Primary numbers

Many of us spent our school years shivering in a draughty school room or cuddling up to the nearest lukewarm radiator. Insulation and heating may not have been a priority in our schools back then, but that hasn’t stopped Stephen and Rachel Conway from transforming an old primary school into a modern, super energy efficient

‘I’d like to thank the academy….’

‘I’d like to thank the academy….’

Pictured at the announcement (l-r): Alex White TD, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources; Brian Dolan, Managing Director, Saint-Gobain Ireland and Claude Imauven, Saint-Gobain Senior Vice President of Construction Products Sector. The Irish construction industry has received a major boost with the announcement that Saint-Gobain is to set up a construction skills academy that

Beautiful windows. Period.

Beautiful windows. Period.

Older properties have a charm which is timeless, which is just as well because maintaining them is usually not quite so attractive, especially the windows. Finding a replacement for these that is cost effective and require less looking after is, like the windows, a tall order. Whether small or tall, the Residence 9 range of

Seaside special

Seaside special

  A modest bungalow on the shores of Strangford Lough in Co Down has been transformed into a haven perfect for three water loving teenagers and their parents.  Sixteen and a half years ago, John and Heather bought their seafront bungalow to enjoy as a summer home. After having many happy holidays there whilst living in

Hemp: the answer to zero carbon homes?

Hemp: the answer to zero carbon homes?

It is widely accepted that in Ireland today there is a strong need for new homes to cope with our growing population and for the environmental impact of these homes to be drastically reduced. Achieving these two aims means building houses now that meet strict criteria on energy, emissions and sustainability. If we are to

La dolce vita

La dolce vita

It’s not just entrepreneurs who get their best ideas when relaxing on holiday, so do self-builders! Colin and Barbara Barry had always wanted to self-build on a site with sea views, and when a large plot in Co Down completely open to the sea on three sides came up for sale, they didn’t hesitate in

Seeing inside the box

Seeing inside the box

When we visit someone else’s house what we see is the finished product. Our eyes can only detect what is visible, often merely a decorative covering, on top of layers of materials. That is hidden, as the authors of Detail in Contemporary Residential Architecture 2 observe, are the ideas fixed in the form of a

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Primary numbers

Primary numbers

Many of us spent our school years shivering in a draughty school room or cuddling up to the nearest lukewarm radiator. Insulation and heating may not have been a priority in our schools back then, but that hasn’t stopped Stephen and Rachel Conway from transforming an old …

Seaside special

Seaside special

  A modest bungalow on the shores of Strangford Lough in Co Down has been transformed into a haven perfect for three water loving teenagers and their parents.  Sixteen and a half years ago, John and Heather bought their seafront bungalow to enjoy as a summer home. After …

La dolce vita

La dolce vita

It’s not just entrepreneurs who get their best ideas when relaxing on holiday, so do self-builders! Colin and Barbara Barry had always wanted to self-build on a site with sea views, and when a large plot in Co Down completely open to the sea on three sides came up for sale, …

Charity begins at home

Charity begins at home

When Michael and Gráinne Keane got the opportunity to purchase a site and move to the country, they jumped at the chance. Living in Dublin at the time, the idea of relocating to County Meath (Grainne is from the area), and building the house of their dreams was too good an …

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Lock right lock tight

Lock right lock tight

According to the Central Statistics Office, in the past year over 26,000 burglaries took place in Ireland. The first six months of 2014 alone saw almost 18,000 break ins and it’s during the winter months when days are shorter and darker that most of them happen. How can you …

Cloud 9?

Cloud 9?

The firm of Nickell & Richmond, based in Bangor, Co Down, are hoping they are rocketed to the earthly equivalent at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel on the 18 February. Why? Because they are the NI regional winners of the Heavenly Builder of the Year category at the …