Sligo Holiday Home

Irish Designer Homes: We bring you the homes Irish architects, engineers and other house building designers live in. Derek Treneman MRIAI This self-built refurbished home in Co Sligo is a refuge for Dublin-based Derek Treneman.

Q: Anything unusual?

A: My holiday home is 100% off grid and free from bills! I generate all my electricity from two PV solar collectors and a 350W wind turbine. I hand pump water into the house from a 200ft well. It takes 10 minutes to fill the 240lt tank that lasts a week. I have a home made compost toilet which uses sawdust and recycles the waste into my kitchen garden and orchard. [agg_tabs theme=”dark”] [agg_tab title=COST] Approximately €45,000 but you prefer not to count with a labour of love… [/agg_tab] [/agg_tabs]

Q: Favourite design feature

A: My laminated plywood bath and sink. Water is heated by a back boiler stove right in front of the bath. A little bit of seaweed from the local harbour makes for the most relaxing experience…
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Q: Favourite room?

A: I love my mezzanine bedroom in my studio. It’s cosy on those long winter nights when gales are battering against the house .   CEARDEAN DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION 9 Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin 8 T: 01 532 4183 E: W:

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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