Family ties

Strengthening bonds within a family often involves gatherings for special events, perhaps even a joint holiday or two. Brothers-in-law Ryan Livendale and Callum Scott cemented their relationship with a slightly more unconventional approach…

In this article Ryan and Callum share how they tackled the semi-detached replacement house to live in side by side, including:

  • How they replaced the existing house with a larger footprint
  • Choice of two storey design
  • Planning permission and access issues and how they were dealt with
  • How they saved money sharing the cost of the whole house renovation
  • Dealing with neighbour complaints while on site
  • Tech additions from smart LED lighting to IPTV
  • Window specification and how they made savings on it
  • Agreeing on finishes and taking into account the seaside location
  • Full specification and supplier list

House size (each): 2,600 sqft
Plot size (for both houses): 0.23 acres
SAP: 77 (C)
Build method: blockwork (cavity wall)
Heating and hot water: gas boiler,
Ventilation: Centralised mechanical ventilation with heat recovery.


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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