SelfBuild & Improve Your Home is now SelfBuild. Redesigned to Dream it, Do it, Live it.
Over the past 15 years we’ve been busy bringing the Irish up to speed on the realities of building, extending and renovating their own home, and on how to maintain and improve it once in. Now that we’re well settled in the digital age, we’re taking the opportunity to introduce you to content that’s shorter, punchier and a whole lot sexier. So go ahead, discover what’s involved with our Basics series, Expert corners, and our exclusive Project profiles showcasing the tips and advice from fellow Irish self-builders. We also cover the technical and regulatory aspects specific to the Republic of Ireland (ROI) and Northern Ireland (NI) jurisdictions, taking the pain out of the design, construction, decoration and maintenance of your home. As you’ll find leafing through these pages, we’re here to guide and encourage you to take that leap of faith. Renovate. Extend. Build new. But above all, enjoy. With SelfBuild. Dream it, Do it, Live it.
PROJECT: Timing is everything – Eilis and Liam Looney’s Co Cork design and build was executed with budget and time constraints.
PROJECT: Group therapy – Kevin and Amanda Fullerton’s Co L’Derry self-build benefited from a little help from their friends, and family.
PROJECT: Turn it around – Find out how Glenna Woods and Gerry Warnock of Co Dublin got their house to benefit from their north facing views yet retain light.
PROJECT: What a difference a room makes – A simple reconfiguration transformed Mary Johnston’s life in Co L’Derry.
The taxman cometh – The intricacies of council fees explained on a tour of the landmass of Ireland.
Expert opinion: KILLER HOMES? – Are you building a death trap, wonders Tom Woolley.
BASICS: timber frame – A whistle stop tour of the pros and cons of timber frame construction.
Seal of honour – Build tight, ventilate right is today’s motto. But how do you get airtightness right in the first instance?
On the QT – Sick of your neighbours’ barking dog? Looking to invest in a home cinema? Get to grips with the Top 10 things you need to know about soundproofing your home.
Burst of summer – There’s nothing as tantalising as growing your own berries – find out how in our no-nonsense guide.
Are you a lean, mean machine? – A new project management tool is within the reach of self-builders, we investigate what’s involved and whether it’s for you.
BASICS: Energy ratings – All you need to know about building energy ratings and energy performance certificates.
Extroverted – External wall insulation is increasing in popularity, and for good reason. We guide you through your options.
Expert opinion: building control – An FAQ with the NI and ROI building control authorities.
Inside the yin and the yang – Discover how to feng shui your home.
A feng shui makeover – Before and after plans of how it’s done, from a couple who sought our help at SelfBuild Cork’s Design Clinic.
BASICS: wood finishes – Choosing the right finish for the job.
Tech: VRoooom – Harnessing the power of virtual reality on your project.
Bored with your boards? – Advances in decking mean you can now get a lot more out of your outdoor platform.
Axis of Eden – How to get your house to blend into the landscape with long lasting planting strategies.
Expert opinion: Apex window dressing – What are your option s and how much does it cost to cover your apex windows?
Scrapbook – Some ideas that are inspiring us to make this the summer of self-building!