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Advice articles written by experts based in Ireland about the cost of building, design and build tips, and garden and DIY.

Leslie O'Donnell

13 budgeting mistakes to avoid

From rookie mistakes to scheduling mistakes, we’ve rounded up the 13 budgeting mistakes to avoid on your self-build project if…

Leslie O'Donnell

Paying money upfront

Suppliers are asking self-builders to pay large deposits upfront; we look at timber frame companies and the market in general,…

Andrew Stanway

How to find the right builder

Finding the right builder isn’t as straightforward as you might hope; here are Andrew Stanway’s tips to get it right.…

Barry McCarron

Passive house myths

There’s a lot of talk around the passive house standard; here we bust the passive house myths that still linger.…

Keith Kelliher: Quantity Surveyor / DJ Ramsdale: Builder and Cost Expert
Micah Jones: architect / Barry McCarron: Chairman of the Passive House Association of Ireland / Patrick Waterfield: energy assessor Andrew Stanway: project manager Les O’Donnell: structural Engineer and architectural technologist / Pete Cole: Clerk of Works and Building Surveyor
Anne Byrne: garden designer / Harrison Gardner: DIY self-build expert
Anne Byrne: garden designer / Harrison Gardner: DIY self-build expert
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