Irish Holiday Home – Derek Treneman

We bring you the Irish designer homes, architects, engineers and other house building designers live in. This self-built refurbished home in Co Sligo is a refuge for Dublin-based Derek Treneman


Anything unusual

My holiday home is 100% off grid and free from bills! I generate all my electricity from two PV solar collectors and a 350W wind turbine. I hand pump water into the house from a 200ft well. It takes 10 minutes to fill the 240lt tank that lasts a week. I have a home made compost toilet which uses sawdust and recycles the waste into my kitchen garden and orchard.


Favourite design feature

My laminated plywood bath and sink. Water is heated by a back boiler stove right in front of the bath. A little bit of seaweed from the local harbour makes for the most relaxing experience…


Favourite room

I love my mezzanine bedroom in my studio. It’s cosy on those long winter nights when gales are battering against the house .


Approximately €45,000 but you prefer not to count with a labour of love…

Ceardean Design & Construction
9 Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin 8
T: 01 532 4183

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