When Dan Runyon of Co Offaly emigrated two decades ago, he knew it wasn’t forever. What’s more, he also knew that when he did return it would be to SelfBuild his own home. X
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Originally the back garden of a Victorian period house in Dun Laoghaire, accessible via a back lane, Mark’s house replaced a single storey garage. The 140sqm newly built mews is energy efficient (A rating); air to water heat pump provides heating and hot water, heat recovery ventilation fresh air, annual energy bill comes to €1,300 including VAT.
This house in Co Down was built on the footprint of an old stone cottage set on a sloping site with coastline views. The concept was to combine the ‘old and new’ traditions of local vernacular architecture – sleeping quarters in keeping with the original cottage style, living areas contemporary.
Getting the type of information you want, quickly, can be surprisingly difficult. But there are exceptions; property websites in the United States for instance will routinely give you information about schools in the area, how long the property’s been on the market, the average selling price for similar properties in the area, some even going as far as providing you with crime statistics.
In short, many systems will be robust, they will be recovered and will be usable after a flood. Where electrical components are used or damage is suspected – then a professional assessment (and repair) is necessary. A
Most people in Ireland don’t yet understand just how dependent we are on energy imports or that we have at our fingertips what we need to be self-sufficient. Our wind and weather are one of our greatest natural resources, but that’s not a perspective most people have. A
Warranties aren’t just for appliances, they’ll help hedge your bets on your self-build or renovation too… A
Few endeavours give more satisfaction that taking a run-down property and transforming it into a home, but don’t just rely on instinct when buying a fixer upper. X
The digital revolution and the way in which it has completely transformed most of our lives, at least to some degree, has rather overshadowed another revolution that affects everyone; the cost of energy. In the course of a similar time period, energy has gone from being cheap and plentiful to expensive and a dwindling resource. […]