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Self-builders Gordon and Lisa Browne were keen to be as energy and environmentally conscious as possible, but felt that building to passive house standards would compromise the design they’d planned as well as take them too far over their budget. It was when visiting the SelfBuild & Improve Your Home Show in Belfast that they

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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 case, mother nature was in large part responsible

Alison in wonderland

Alison in wonderland

Alison in wonderland Alison Crozier’s childhood dreams were not of princesses and ponies but about the house she would one day build. Having a dream come true is exhilarating, whatever age you are, and so it has proved for Alison and her husband Alan. “From as early as I can remember, I knew the design

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

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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 …

Alison in wonderland

Alison in wonderland

Alison in wonderland Alison Crozier’s childhood dreams were not of princesses and ponies but about the house she would one day build. Having a dream come true is exhilarating, whatever age you are, and so it has proved for Alison and her husband Alan. “From as early as I can …

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 …

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Self-builders Gordon and Lisa Browne were keen to be as energy and environmentally conscious as possible, but felt that building to passive house standards would compromise the design they’d planned as well as take them too far over their budget. It was when visiting the …

Hidden wonder worker

Hidden wonder worker

The range of options for waste water treatment when you don’t have access to a main sewer have multiplied in recent years as the industry has taken on the challenge of providing efficient, reliable and safe systems. It’s an area Kingspan Klargester have great expertise and …