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Full steam ahead

Full steam ahead

In their current form, shipping containers have been around since the 1950s but have only become a popular construction material in the past decade. This global housing and architectural trend spread to Ireland in the form of small or student projects, none of which are believed to have been built to be fully compliant to

Window dressing

Window dressing

What happens when you love where you live but yearn for a different style of home? Janet and Stephen Montgomery of Co Antrim adopted a contemporary makeover. Two years after they married in 1990 Janet and Stephen bought a recently built bungalow. Situated in a desirable residential area, it was also tucked into a quiet,

Love at first site

Love at first site

They say love hits you like a brick; for Jane Buckley and Brian O’Regan of Co Cork it literally did! The story begins when Jane, living with her young daughter, bought a house in 2009. “Despite it being only seven years old, I knew it needed work,” she says. “It was a bit small and

Garage design

Garage design

According to the UK automotive services company RAC, up to 50% of domestic garages are no longer used to park cars in. The other 50% are either a store for overspill from the house, Christmas decorations, bikes, DIY tools, gardening equipment and of course junk, or a makeshift utility, kids’ playroom or freezing cold gym!

What the planners want…when you’re self-building

What the planners want…when you’re self-building

Planning permission: when do you need it and how can you obtain it? In this first article of a four part series, we look at self-builds and some of the issues to consider. I’m shopping around for a site. Should I only consider ones that have already been granted planning permission? ROI: Estate agents sell

Grillagh Water house – Patrick Bradley

Grillagh Water house – Patrick Bradley

The design process  I began one evening at 7pm and by 4am the next morning it was all there. The only trouble was the cost! I had saved up an amount, but getting a mortgage wasn’t easy as I was self-employed and had only two years of accounts to show. That was what pushed me

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Window dressing

Window dressing

What happens when you love where you live but yearn for a different style of home? Janet and Stephen Montgomery of Co Antrim adopted a contemporary makeover. Two years after they married in 1990 Janet and Stephen bought a recently built bungalow. Situated in a desirable …

Love at first site

Love at first site

They say love hits you like a brick; for Jane Buckley and Brian O’Regan of Co Cork it literally did! The story begins when Jane, living with her young daughter, bought a house in 2009. “Despite it being only seven years old, I knew it needed work,” she says. “It was a …

Grillagh Water house – Patrick Bradley

Grillagh Water house – Patrick Bradley

The design process  I began one evening at 7pm and by 4am the next morning it was all there. The only trouble was the cost! I had saved up an amount, but getting a mortgage wasn’t easy as I was self-employed and had only two years of accounts to show. That was what pushed me …

Lift off

Lift off

The mechanics of how butterflies take flight is complicated, even though, when you look at them, their flutters seem effortless. Jim and Eva Preston’s house in Co Carlow has many of the same characteristics; while it looks simple the build was anything but… As is often the …

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Garage design

Garage design

According to the UK automotive services company RAC, up to 50% of domestic garages are no longer used to park cars in. The other 50% are either a store for overspill from the house, Christmas decorations, bikes, DIY tools, gardening equipment and of course junk, or a makeshift …

What the planners want…when you’re self-building

What the planners want…when you’re self-building

Planning permission: when do you need it and how can you obtain it? In this first article of a four part series, we look at self-builds and some of the issues to consider. I’m shopping around for a site. Should I only consider ones that have already been granted planning …