Builders, including (ahem!) self-builders, risk life and limb all the time. Precarious perching, reckless use of equipment, disregard of protective gear, and the list goes on. Shortcuts are never the answer – my husband nearly lost a finger cutting metal bands with a chop saw! Even though there is a moral and legal Health & Safety responsibility placed on homeowners, and builders, part of the problem is how tedious the rules that are in place all seem. Fear not, we have some tips on how to get everyone, hopefully happily, on board (p85). The stakes are way too high to ignore. Beyond the construction aspect there are some very real dangers within the home too, from synthetic and highly flammable materials (p70) to the more well-known but no less dangerous damp and mould which contribute to poor indoor air quality (ventilation remedies on p76). Sobering as these aspects may be, don’t worry, the end result is well worth the effort. See for yourself – our exclusive project profiles start p20. With Selfbuild. Dream it, Do it, Live it.
Autumn 2017 Preview…
PROJECT: Functionalities included – Heather and Stephen Grills’ minimalist design in Co Antrim.
PROJECT: Crossroads – Phil Byrne and Marie O’Kelly’s eco-build in Co Leitrim reinvents the porch.
PROJECT: Scaling up – Deirdre and Frank Spillane’s extension of a period home in Co Antrim.
PROJECT: On the straight and narrow – A courtyard was the solution for Co Kildare couple Breen and Suzanne McManus.
BASICS: Planning permission – When you need it and what’s involved.
Extensions that don’t require planning permission – The ins and outs of exempted development for your dream kitchen or spare room.
EXPERT COMMENT: Can of worms – Rural planning is a complicated subject, we look at the most recent developments in ROI.
Getting started in carpentry – It takes a bit of skill and lots of organising to become a competent DIYer
BASICS: Self-build roadmap – Everything you have to do and consider before you get on site.
FRESH START – Whether you’re building new or improving, ventilation is a vital aspect to design into your plans from day one.
THAT LITTLE HOME JOB – All about the dreaded Safety Talk.
DON’T GET IN HOT WATER – Unless you’re building a house that doesn’t require any form of heating, our guide to boilers is a must read.
EXPERT COMMENT: Dispelling heat pump myths – The ultimate guide to boilers.
Scrapbook: Small homes – Off-the-shelf and off-the-wall bijou homes.
AGAINST THE CLOCK – We build and furnish our homes with flammable materials. Find out what they are.
Expert COMMENT: Low cost ventilation but at what cost? – Natural ventilation in an airtight house.
TECH CENTRE – Advances in home automation, plus the Top 5 self-build apps to download.
GO NUTS – The best nuts to grow in your back garden.
PROJECTs: Where are they now – We revisit homes we featured 10 years ago.
BEEKEEPING THE NATURAL WAY – We all know bees, especially native Irish ones are in danger. Here’s a way you can help.
INSIDER NEWS: Product and industry news in the world of building and home improving.
MEET THE BROADBAND INSTALLERS: Are you planning a broadband connection for your new home? Network operator Open Reach is here to help.
MEET THE BUILDING PHYSICS ENGINEER: Ecological Building Systems’ Niall Crosson reveals all: his inspiration, insights and where he sees the future going for Irish self-builders.
MEET THE ARCHITECTURAL TECHNOLOGISTS: New kids on the block in Kerry are the designers behind healycornelius design, an award winning architectural practice with a flair for affordable designer homes.
MEET THE WINDOW DESIGNER: Lumi’s R&D department has just released it frameless patio doors and is due to unveil yet another product at Selfbuild Live in Dublin. Find out what it is, and what’s next in line.