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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 …

Lifecycle series: cement

Lifecycle series: cement

Still one of the most widely used building materials in Ireland, cement is also one that’s produced locally. As it’s likely to continue to play a leading role in the Irish construction industry, find out what it is, how it behaves, where you can …

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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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 …

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 …

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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 …

Self-build service

Self-build service

An innovative scheme to help self-builders throughout Ireland has just been launched by building materials group Kingspan Insulation. The new Premium and Premium Plus Service is a free support package to help you build a house that performs to the highest standard, giving you a …