Great news! Selfbuild Live, Ireland’s go-to event for self-builders and home improvers, now features free one-day Bootcamps – take part in Dublin from the 14th to 16th September (pg 78) and for an overview of the situation in NI, the Belfast Bootcamp recap is on page 69.
Quality is at the top of the priority list, and the vital first step is to come up with a design solution that’s specific to context and has architectural merit (pg 100). But how about the bricks and mortar?
Sadly, in ROI local authorities still do not oversee key construction stages. Cost and staffing issues seem to be the excuse for the lack of building control and yet the government budget for this year alone, to remediate just some of the pyrite cases is €30 million (pg 19). Prevention should be better than cure.
On the flip side what’s very encouraging to see is how seriously the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland takes the hidden dangers of renovations with its system of quality control for contractors (pg 15).
Rated on a green to red scale, tradesmen can readily be struck off for poor building practices. Ideally though, homeowners should know what ‘shade’ of contractor they hire – too many are currently on ‘orange’ alert.
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DIY self-build on a budget
Paul and Rebecca O’Connor of Co Sligo chronicle the self-build evolution of their family home.
The final build
Decades of experience have culminated in Eric and Gladys Black’s home for life in Co Tyrone.
Clíodhna and Enda Rooney of Co Monaghan on injecting the wow factor within a tight footprint.
Tinkering at the edges
Adding a porch and living room extension made all the difference for Julie and Andrew Rogers of Co Down.
Making your home super
One-stop-shop energy renovations.
The story of Mark Feely’s fast-track stick build in Co Offaly.
The sky, and the sea, are the limit
Lyons and Nicci O’Keeffe on renting out their self-build in Co Cork.
Your complete guide to building in NI from the experts we gathered at Selfbuild Live Belfast.
Your 10 step guide to planning an extension.
The low down on solar panels
Everything you need to know about solar thermal, PV and battery storage.
How to choose your designer.
The art of getting from A to B
Spatial relationships in the home.
Irish Design Heroes
Modernist masters to inspire your interiors.
Patio and deck maintenance.
Intensive versus extensive and much more in between.
Appealing your case
Your guide to fighting your case in front of An Bord Pleanála (ROI) or the Planning Appeals Commission (NI).
Selfbuild Live Dublin
We will be at Citywest Dublin from the 14-16 September 2018. Gain some facts and figures for your project or just pick up ideas to make your home brighter and better.
Ditch the chimney
For a truly low cost self-build, don’t install a chimney or a wet heating system.
Enabling the Renewable self-consumer
Why now is not the time to pay self-builders for the electricity they generate in the home.
Child friendly gardening
Moving your children away from screen time and into wildlife.
How self-builders can make villages thrive
How the community land trust model could help self-builders build within rural towns.
Do you really need an architect?
The vital importance of investing in good architectural design.
Ask the expert
Your self-build questions answered.
Architect Mélina Sharp explains how her parents’ dream of building on the family farm was shattered.
Product and industry news in the world of building and home improving.
Inside the Lumi lift and slide
Discover the latest addition to Lumi’s range of sliding doors – the double glazed lift and slide.
Inside the Concrete Home
The Quarry Products Association Northern Ireland on why concrete built is better built.