Building the dream home in Co Meath

When Michael and Gráinne Keane got the opportunity to purchase a site and move to the country, they jumped at the chance. Living in Dublin at the time, the idea of relocating to County Meath (Grainne is from the area), and building their dream home was too good an opportunity to pass up.

In this article we cover:

  • How they found their architect and how the design process went
  • Planning permission snags with Meath County Council and how they were overcome
  • Details of heating system and ventilation
  • Insulation and airtightness strategy with details
  • How they worked with their main contractor
  • Lighting design
  • Window details
  • Full specification and supplier list

Site size: 2.5 acres
House size: 4,500sqft/418sqm


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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