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Building control regulations for self-builders: full details published

Building control regulations for self-builders: full details published

If you’re self-building your home in ROI, you may wish to know that the new building control regulations have been relaxed starting the 1st of September 2015. As we’ve covered previously you will now have the choice to opt out of statutory certification – but you will have to show by ‘alternative means’ that you

Populating your pond

Populating your pond

In the second part of our series on adding a pond to your garden we look at choosing the right plants and wildlife. The type of pond you have will naturally guide your choices; each plant will serve a purpose. In the case of an informal, fish or wildlife pond, then plants may be selected

Make Your Utility Room Functional….But Still Fabulous!

Make Your Utility Room Functional….But Still Fabulous!

Inner City living means that every inch of space has to be carefully allocated to a particular function. For that reason your utility room has to serve as many functions as possible: from storage for cleaning items, to laundry, to housing our little canine or feline friends. Urban life can often mean that your utility

Open up!

Open up!

Do you want to add a new opening to your house? New back door, access to the utility, a room with a view – whatever the reason we look at what you need to consider and whether you can do it yourself. We as architects are often asked about knocking through an internal or external

Home and dry

Home and dry

Basements are a convenient way to add space when extending above ground isn’t possible. There are two critical areas which we address in this article: resistance to moisture and water resistance to make sure your project is a success. All elements of basement construction are specialist work and therefore are not really activities that should

Kids’ interactive bedroom ideas that are simply ‘off the wall’!

Kids’ interactive bedroom ideas that are simply ‘off the wall’!

When children’s bedroom space is limited, it can be difficult to accommodate all of their belongings AND still leave room for them to entertain themselves but, with a few clever ideas, you can maximise both the space available and the fun that can be had! Kids’ bedrooms are perfect for being divided into ‘zones’. Obviously

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Behind the  scenes

Behind the scenes

A reconfiguration of your living space, with a few square feet added, may seem like small change, but it can wreak as much havoc as adding a full extension! Ciara and James Rockford of Co Antrim learned this the hard way… The only way to tell if a house performs well is to …

Family ties

Family ties

Strengthening bonds within a family often involves gatherings for special events, perhaps even a joint holiday or two. Brothers-in-law Ryan Livendale and Callum Scott cemented their relationship with a slightly more unconventional approach… It all began when my wife and I …

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 …

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Building control regulations for self-builders: full details published

Building control regulations for self-builders: full details published

If you’re self-building your home in ROI, you may wish to know that the new building control regulations have been relaxed starting the 1st of September 2015. As we’ve covered previously you will now have the choice to opt out of statutory certification – but you will have …

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 …