THE GREAT ESCAPE – Summer may be in the air, but this Co Wexford holiday home was far from relaxing to build.
SIMPLE DOES IT – A low cost and energy efficient design that ticks all the boxes, including seaside views, in Co Down.
FILL IN THE BLANKS – A typical semi-detached 1950s suburban home managed to both keep the garden intact and add more space for a growing family.
REBOOT – The solution to a clunky 1970s design in Co Down was a complete remodel and barn conversion at the side.
MODERN DAY MEITHAL – A rural town in Co Galway came together to help a family who lost their thatched cottage to a freak fire. Dozens of local tradesmen helped build a brand new home from scratch, for free.
RE-TREAT – Renovating a house with childhood memories is far from easy as this award-winning project in Co Westmeath attests to.
DREAM KITCHEN ON A BUDGET – A Co Antrim self-builder shares her experience designing and building her new kitchen.
HOW LAND AND HOUSES ARE TAXED – Stamp duty and CGT are the two taxes you’re liable for on property transactions; find out what you have to pay.
THERMAL MASS – How your ‘bricks and mortar’ can store heat.
OVERHEATING – As if climate change wasn’t enough, there’s a risk we’re building our homes as greenhouses too.
STEP ON IT – Your guide to vinyl, linoleum and laminate flooring.
WHERE TO LIVE WHILE YOU BUILD – Your options from renting to living on site with pros and cons.
SHED YOUR INHIBITIONS – What it takes to add a shed in your garden this summer.
PODS FOR LIFE – The latest trend in gardening will see you add a deluxe building that’s built off-site.
PAVING – From flags to pavers, here’s what you need to know.
HOW MUCH WILL YOUR WALLS COST? – In the second article of our budget series, find out how much the external wall element will set you back.
CLAIMS DENIED – A tax assessor reviews an apparent change in policy on VAT refunds in NI for self-builds.
THE RIGHT MATERIALS FOR YOUR KITCHEN – Especially in the kitchen, which you will be using multiple times a day, the finishing touches are essential to get right.
GROW YOUR OWN HERBAL TEA – Find out how to grow herbs you can use for tea; plus enter our competition to be in a chance to win a copy of the new book A Cuppa Herbal.
THE ARCHITECTURE OF JOY – A layman’s guide to the architecture of well-being.
ASK THE EXPERT – You have questions, we have answers. This issue: extensions that don’t require planning permission, insurance and radon membranes.
SCRAPBOOK – Furniture to inject some fun outdoors.