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Steel yourself!

Steel yourself!

Steel is widely used throughout the construction industry, yet many of us overlook the potential of steel frame when self-building. You will actually be using it in one way or another as it performs ‘heavy-duty’ functions with ease – from …

Advisors

Advisors

Who they are, what they do and how much they cost Architect and architectural technologist: They are mostly concerned with the design of your home, drawing up the plans of a house or extension on the basis of your wish list. Even if you have a very …

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 …

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 …

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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Pick and mix

Pick and mix

Self-builders around the world are creating energy-efficient homes to ensure low running costs. In Ireland, a voluntary certification benchmark that’s often followed to achieve this is Passivhaus, which Maija Tweeddale and Diarmaid O’Reilly of Co Wicklow strongly considered. …

Test of time

Test of time

Almost a decade ago John and Julie McHugh decided to self-build for the same reasons most couples do: to live in a family home that’s tailor-made and energy efficient. The question is, has it stood the test of time? When John was growing up on the family farm, the ‘brow of …

Polar opposites

Polar opposites

For Anna and Walt White of Co Antrim the prospect of living without central heating seemed too good to be true… “We’d only lived in historic buildings before; Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian,” says Anna. “They were all cold and we couldn’t do much about it because …

Domino effect

Domino effect

After meeting their architect through a fundraiser, things just fell into place for James and Patricia Perry of Co Antrim. Holiday homes are often bought because of their location; that’s not to say the house isn’t important but ‘falling in love’ with it certainly …

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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 …