Co-living – Alan Campbell of Co Derry first renovated his in-laws’ farmhouse, and then built his own family home right beside it.
Long distance relationship – How Denis McNamara managed to build himself his dream home in Co Meath while living in London.
Garden party – Pauline Millar relished the challenge of downsizing to a semi-detached house in Belfast, bringing with her 17 years of expertise working as an estate agent.
Rejuvenation – Claire Watts’ renovation and extension project involved replacing all the walls except the façade.
The big move – Steven Bell bought his parents’ house to live in, on the condition he’d build them an extension with independent access.
Support group – Two of our favourite self-build instagrammers, one in Co Tipperary the other in Co Down, share what it’s been like building their dream homes while holding down day jobs.
Building with oak – How to build your entire house, or parts of it, with this natural and timeless material.
The softer sides of choosing your site – All the questions you need to ask yourself before buying the perfect site to build on.
Stock and trade – The most straightforward way to source materials for your self-build is to buy them from your local builder’s merchant; here’s how they operate.
Iron clad – When hiring a main contractor, it is in your best interest to sign a contract. Find out how easy it is to do, and what they’re about.
Spark your imagination – An overview of where to start with your lighting plan.
Wood flooring – Where they come from, how they’re made, how much they cost and how to keep them looking new.
The rise of the granny flat – The quick guide to adding living space to your existing house for an older or younger generation.
How much will your floors cost? – The third instalment in our budget series, we look at the upper storey.
New versus conventional technology – If your boiler needs to be replaced, the energy efficiency of your house will have a lot to do with your decision to replace it or upgrade to a heat pump.
Sustainable boundaries – Hedges are the most cost effective and eco-friendly way to mark out your boundaries; find out how to plant them.
The B word – A book review of Bungalow Bliss Bias and the larger phenomenon of rural one-off housing.
Ask the expert – Your self-build questions answered.
Scrapbook – Inspiration to embrace plant life indoors.
INSIDER NEWS – Latest products and services for self-builders.
How to mix cement – Irish Cement demystifies what it takes to mix cement with a new series of how-to videos.
Renovating with hemp – Homes made of stone or brick tend to require breathable materials if they’re to undergo an energy upgrade; find out how HempBuild is servicing this market with its range of hemp-lime products.