Archive by category Extensions & Renovations

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 utility, kids’ playroom or freezing cold gym! […]

Biomass boilers

Biomass boilers

Biomass is organic matter used as a fuel. It covers everything from fish oil and bone meal to wood and energy crops, however, in this first article our focus is on log, wood chip and wood pellet burning boilers.  In households, the most common biomass options are log, wood chip or wood pellet stoves and […]

Good connections

Good connections

If you like the idea of being self-sufficient in electricity (off grid), or doing your bit for the environment to slow climate change, or simply want to reduce your long term electricity costs, you may be wondering about small scale renewable power generation. This article briefly examines the main renewable technologies that generate electricity1; Solar […]

Culture shock

Culture shock

Moving to another country can be an upheaval, and with housing style 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 years ago, Philly and Danny Bayston moved from Oxfordshire, England to County Armagh. “Danny […]