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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

Finding a site

Finding a site

Building a house to your own design and specification is the dream of many people. But like all ideals, it can be difficult to achieve. Individual building sites are not easy to find and you must work that bit harder to secure a good one. Finding the right site to build your house on can

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 opportunity to pass up.

Sparks!

Sparks!

You can’t do any electrical work yourself but whether you’re renovating or building new, it’s good to get to know the basic requirements and regulations Choosing an electrician Whether you’re building new or renovating, know that if you’re undertaking any kind of electrical work in ROI only a Registered Electrical Contractor (REC) is now allowed

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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 …

Culture shock

Culture shock

Moving to another country can be an upheaval, and with housing styles varying greatly from area to area, let alone from country to country, finding your bearings isn’t always easy. Especially when you’re looking for something reminiscent of your homeland to move into… Ten …

Breathing space

Breathing space

When Breda and Simon Cassidy decided to extend their Co Kildare home, they had a fair idea of what they wanted – a large bright space where the whole family could spend time together. “We really needed an open plan area for kitchen, dining and living. Before the …

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Splash of colour

Splash of colour

Cleaning tiles is an arduous difficult task, especially the grout between them. Those behind a cooker naturally suffer more than most and it’s a constant struggle to keep them looking as good as the rest of the kitchen. If you are building a new home, extension or even just …

Aquaculture

Aquaculture

What’s in a name? Quite a lot when you’re talking about one that’s very familiar to Irish people, and that’s packaged water and wastewater treatment company EPS Bison. As well as major expansion plans, the company have entered into a strategic partnership with Canada …