Angular self-build in Co Offaly

When Dan Runyon of emigrated two decades ago, he knew it wasn’t forever and he knew that when he did return it would be to self-build an angular house.

Dan chats about his self-build project including:

  • Inspiration from abroad and how he tackled researching for the project
  • Details of the angular roof design and how he got around planning restrictions with a traditional frontage
  • Balcony design at the back and how he had to cross brace the free standing gables front to back
  • Choice of heating and hot water, why he decided against solar
  • How he built his home to get low energy bills with full dteails on insulation
  • Issues with overheating and how he tackled them
  • Dealing with drop in temperature in winter: the big freeze
  • Issues with windows warping and how he tackled it


House size: 2,600 sqft
Plot size: ¾ of an acre
Build cost: €250,000
BER: B1 (85 kWh/sqm/yr)
Airtightness: 1.64 ACH @50Pa
Heating and hot water: air source heat pump


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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