Spring 2016 is a great time to get things started so whether you’re just thinking about a new build or renovation project or have already commenced, congratulate yourself for the effort! It takes a lot of hard work to get the ball rolling and spending a year at it is generally well advised. So for those of you who are at the initial stages and still grappling with ideas, check out our no-nonsense A to Z guide to help you on your way. And if you’re considering your design options don’t miss our coverage of the latest in high tech 3D modelling, (there’s an app for that!), it starts on page 62. Spring is also traditionally the time to tackle the foundations and if you are, make sure to consult our guide to laying them on difficult sites, starting page 74. This is also a popular time to choose stone, so if you plan to go for the timeless material in your finishes, turn to page 70 for some top tips on what to expect. Food for thought comes quite literally from Fiann O Nualláin’s take on ‘Salad Days’ (page 90) as well as new build and renovation case studies, including a glimpse inside some Irish designers’ homes (page 57). We also bring you highlights from the new build and retrofit manual by ‘consensus design’ architect Christopher Day on page 48. The book is a repository of information and in it he shares his vision of widespread community sharing – not only of heating and hot water systems but also appliances. The convenience of having a washing machine for our own personal use may be hard to forego, but it does make sense if the aim is to maximise resources. More must-read articles include our guide to staging your home for a successful sale – the key is really quite simple: elbow grease! As interior designer Caroline Irvine advises, clean like you’ve never cleaned before… After that a good tip to remember is to tidy all closets and cupboards (we’re all snoops by nature!) and, to make them look especially good, leave about one fifth to a third of the space empty inside. Finally, our Belfast show has moved home… New year, new venue. See pages 13 and 46 for more on how we’ve jumped ship.
Happy building and improving!
Grounded Case Study – When Dan Runyon emigrated back home he had one goal to achieve: build his own house on the family land.
Architectural and practical Case Study – Mother of seven Rebecca Pendergast knew exactly what she wanted from her brand new home, having recently completed a self-build renovation project in England.
Setting the stage for a successful sale – If you want to sell your house quickly and at a good price, make sure to consult Caroline Irvine’s insider tips.
Good mood houses – A look inside Christopher Day’s new Eco Build guide… did you know, for instance, that we all need to spend an hour a day outdoors? Doesn’t seem like much but for most of us it can be a struggle!
Irish designers’ homes Case Study – A tour of the homes of ARC Design’s Mark Davies and Barry Fletcher Architects’ Barry Fletcher.
Step into the third dimension – High tech design at your fingertips – find out how you can benefit from cutting edge technology to design and manage your build.
Between a rock and a wide open space Case Study – Top five tips on what to expect if you’re considering stone as a building material.
Get knee deep – Foundation options for difficult sites.
Know your ABCs – Our A to Z guide to building, extending and improving your home in Ireland.
Salad days – Fiann Ó Nualláin’s guide to sowing the perfect salad ingredients.
Cliff hanger Case Study – A ship’s hull craned atop a cliff – what more can you ask for from a holiday home?
Enduring legacy Case Study- Charlie and Gillian Hutchison reflect on their barn conversion, in memory of architect Julian Leith who passed away late last year.
Revisiting the bungalow Case Study – Chiara Poli and Tom Wilmot fell in love with their lakeside bungalow and are taking their time doing it up bit by bit
Polished performance – Learn how to give a professional finish to your wood surface, from painting to varnishing.
Eye on Ireland – What’s been happening that’s essential knowledge for anyone building or improving a home.
Big brother or new best friend? Comment – Future homes will be automated and mortgageless, says BSRIA’s Henry Lawson.