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    Retirement plan

    When Sandra and David Fulton decided it was time to downsize, they built their new home near the farmhouse they raised their children in. We have a farm, and three sons we raised here in our family home,” says Sandra. “None of them work in farming but our youngest is based nearby and he liked […] More

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    ICF build with DIY home automation

    Building an airtight home with ICF didn’t cost Eimear and Donal Kane much more than a traditional block build. This in turn allowed them to spend more of their budget on a smart home system and a floating curved concrete staircase. arly on in the process we looked at building methods, and chose Insulating Concrete […] More

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    The home collection

    Home Extension Design (second edition) and Taste: A cultural history of the home interior, are two of the books curated within the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) home inspiration collection. Written by seasoned self-build advisor Julian Owen, Home Extension Design is full of practical tips and top level advice for those embarking on such […] More

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    Get your grant!

    Grants to fully fund renovations in ROI are extended. Grants for those in receipt of welfare payments in ROI are excellent if you plan to increase the energy efficiency of your home, with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (see seai.ie) funding all or most of the costs in many cases. Terms and conditions apply […] More

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    Self-builder in 37k scam

    A couple with two children were scammed out of €37,000 during their self-build, reports the Sunday World. As construction got underway, the contractor sought payment for work and materials via an email. Fraudsters managed to get into the email correspondence, and the self-builders transferred money to the fraudsters’ account, thinking they were corresponding with the […] More

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    Crafted Stone

    Does your stonework need some TLC? Crafted Stone is here to repair, replace, or extend your stone walls and surrounds – all at an affordable price. Offering a one stop shop solution, Crafted Stone can repair or replace stonework on your existing home. Crafted Stone can also carry out structural work, including adding an extension […] More

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    Small Dublin cottage wins Home of the Year

    Jen Sheahan, and her late 1800s artisan cottage in Dublin, has scooped the coveted title of RTÉ Home of the Year 2021. The seventh series of Home of the Year saw the three judges Hugh Wallace, Suzie Mc Adam and Amanda Bone visit 21 homes across the country to eventually chose Jen’s as the ultimate […] More

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    Thatched homes under threat

    A lack of materials, thatchers, and prohibitively high insurance costs are preventing homeowners in Donegal to maintain their thatched properties. Donegal County Council’s heritage officer, Joseph Gallagher told RTÉ some homeowners even grow their own materials to thatch their buildings. “It’s surprising”, he said, “that over a decade after the publication of the All-Ireland Traditional […] More

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    Underground new build in Fermanagh

    For Paul and Anne Dyer, building in a conservation area meant going underground and partnering up with the Ulster Wildlife Trust to plant their roof. How did the project come about? We were living in England and wanted to move closer to Anne’s mother who was then living in Sligo. The house we bought was […] More

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    Donegal forest house

    Paul and Brodie Doherty built themselves an Irish version of a chalet with jaw dropping forest views. How did the project come about? The site was a gift from my parents, which we will be eternally grateful for. Ever since I was a child this particular area had a magnetic pull on me, it’s a […] More

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    Victorian renovation in Belfast

    Gavin and Catherine Gracey took on a restoration project that kept to the style of their 120 year old property. We bought our mid terrace house in 2012. We only had one child at the time, and we planned to fix it up as we went along,” says Gavin. “The kitchen had already been extended […] More

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    Thrifty renovation project in Kerry

    For Mark and Elaine Coleman, this renovation project was all about putting the Pareto Rule into practice – getting 80 per cent of what they wanted at 20 per cent of the cost. We’re homebirds,” says Corkman Mark. “We had been living in a Dublin apartment but always had it in our heads to move […] More

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    Self-builders back to site in ROI April 12th

    Residential construction sites, along with work on childcare facilities, will reopen ahead of the rest of the construction industry. A four month lockdown was introduced in January to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This included a lockdown on most construction activity, including self-builds, with the exception of work required for essential services. Only those […] More

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