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Stone as light as feathers

Stone as light as feathers

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.

On the boil

On the boil

A wood pellet boiler is now very much one of the main options for providing hot water and space heating. Making this choice even easier for self-builders in NI are boiler manufacturer Grant NI who have just launched their Grant Eco-scheme. This is an incentive providing £1,500 towards the cost of a new boiler and is […]

Are you popcorn ready?

Are you popcorn ready?

How to replicate that theatre going experience on a budget. First, a word on the best systems money can buy. If you’re building new, home automation is an ideal solution as it works off a centralised platform for movies, music, radio and anything from lighting controls to security systems. There’s no boxes or cables (a […]

Lock right lock tight

Lock right lock tight

According to the Central Statistics Office, in the past year over 26,000 burglaries took place in Ireland. The first six months of 2014 alone saw almost 18,000 break ins and it’s during the winter months when days are shorter and darker that most of them happen. How can you keep your home safe from attack? […]

Finding a site

Finding a site

Building a house to your own design and specification is the dream of many people. But like all ideals, it can be difficult to achieve. Individual building sites are not easy to find and you must work that bit harder to secure a good one. Finding the right site to build your house on can […]

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 the hill’ was a […]

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 of the way they were built. It reached the point […]