Lifecycle series: Lime

Lifecycle series: Lime

Arguably Ireland’s oldest manufactured building material, lime is a very beneficial product to use on any building project but has yet to make a comeback to mainstream building… Characteristics There are many benefits to lime, the main one being that it is exceptionally well suited to dealing with damp environments. No wonder our ancestors used […]

In the frame

In the frame

To complete the interior of your home (known as second fix) you will need decorative trimming/ finishing timbers; for your floor it’ll come in the form of skirting board and for the door surround, architrave. Beyond that, trimming/finishing can actually be applied anywhere to improve appearance and hide joints, edges, imperfections, or for protection. They […]

Preventing damp

Preventing damp

Considering the amount of rainfall we’ve been having the past couple of winters, (and summers!), not to mention flooding, now’s the time to tackle what to do to protect your building from letting water in. Here’s a look at both prevention and cure. To serve & protect A home must first and foremost provide shelter, […]

Digital switchover

Digital switchover

How Colette and Patrick Murray’s 1930s home in Co Antrim was extended to cater for their twenty first century needs, including high tech accessories… “Because the house was built in 1935 we wanted to keep the traditional look but still have modern living,” says Patrick. “When you walk through the front door it feels very […]

Train of thought

Train of thought

It was something of a homecoming for draughtsman and government housing officer John Gresham and his wife Alice to buy a listed building… which happened to be an old train station in need of serious repair! The train station renovation that would change their lives forever… With a background in the construction industry, John was […]