La dolce vita

It’s not just entrepreneurs who get their best ideas when relaxing on holiday — so do self-builders and this Irish self-build with sea views certainly has a international feel.

In this article, Colin and Barbara Barry of Co Down explain how they self-built their grand family home with sea views including:

  • Design inspiration from Italy, including symmetry, and how to adapt it to this Irish build
  • Planning permission process
  • Choice of build for thermal details
  • Reasons behind their choices for the multi source heating systems
  • Details of automated systems including the blinds
  • Details of motorised components for easy cleaning
  • Interior design choices including colour palettes
  • Full specification and supplier list

House size: 372sqm
Site size: 2 acres
EPC (SAP): B (83)
Airtightness: 2.73 ACH


Written by Gillian Corry

Building the dream home in Co Meath

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