Here at SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine we’re celebrating our 15-year anniversary; a proud moment that managing editor Gillian Corry, who sadly passed away this August, was looking forward to (more details on page 13). To celebrate this event, and Gillian’s legacy, our Winter 2016 edition looks to the past to reinvent the future. One of the themes we explore is renovating older properties with a modern twist. From the traditional cottage (page 68) to the timeless farmhouse (page 100), from the derelict rectory (page 112) to the red brick terraced house (page 68), soak up the inspiration and let your home be your guide. And don’t be afraid to put your stamp on the redesign – colour schemes as well as furnishings will go a long to make that house your home. Speaking of contemporary design, on pages 60 and 80 respectively, we cover everything you need to know about polished concrete floors and underfloor heating – a match made in heaven? The purists, meanwhile, will point out that ‘modern’ has a specific meaning. The work of John Lautner, an American of Irish descent who studied under Frank Llyod Wright, is a perfect example of this style and he is the topic of a new book by Taschen; the review is on page 130. For those who are about to start on their project, we bring you a cautionary tale that highlights the lack of protection afforded to self-builders in ROI. It starts on page 28. Related to this story is the topic of Building Control – many readers have come to us for advice on this confusing requirement; the answers to your questions start on page 122. There’s lots more to warm up to this winter, so go ahead and set your garden alight with fragrant plants (turn to page 96), start looking for your dream range cooker on page 94 or discover – if you haven’t already – all that’s possible to do with bamboo, the journey begins on page 90.
Happy building and improving!
The contemporary bungalow – Case Study – This storey and a half design in Co Down delivers a lot more than what it says on the tin.
When push comes to shove – Case Study – The self-build nightmare that was Fiona and Cormac O’Connells house building project in Co Cork lasted six years. Now that the story has a happy ending, Fiona reflects on her experience.
The design brief for your dream house – A 12 step guide to nailing your design brief.
Groomin’ marvellous – The bathroom may be the smallest room in the house, it’s also the most frequently visited. Find out how to design yours to make it fit for your purpose.
Irish designers’ homes – Take a look inside Robert Logan’s proportionally designed dwelling in Co Antrim and Geraldine O’Daly’s Victorian pad in Co Dublin.
A polished performance – Polished concrete may look simple to achieve, it’s anything but. Find out what’s involved.
Meet the fixer uppers – Case Study – A terraced, red brick house in Belfast and a traditional cottage in Co Laois are given a contemporary makeover.
Piping hot – Underfloor heating is all the rage, and for good reason, but you need to understand how it works to get the most out of your system. Find out what’s involved.
Splendour in the grass – Bamboo has long been recognised as a sustainable building material and it’s finally made some inroads in Ireland, but can we build with it here?
Home on the range – A range cooker is in all likelihood on your wish list but as with all high-ticket items, it pays to do your homework. We bring you the main points to consider.
Winter fragrant plants – Learn how to grow flowers that’ll pack a punch throughout the frosty season.
All rhyme and reason – Case Study – For Lory Higgins it made perfect sense to come back home to refurbish his dad’s house in Co Wicklow, but it did take wife Sandra to give him the push.
The house with nine lives – Case Study – A derelict property isn’t for the faint hearted; Wendy and David Campbell of Co Down grabbed this challenge with both hands.
Clear as mud? – We answer your questions relating to the ROI Building Control Regulations.
Getting a loan? – We review the consequences of the ROI Building Control Regulations with a roundup of ROI self-build mortgages available today.
Between the covers Book Review – Modern architect and self-builder John Lautner mixed Frank Llyod Wright’s open plan layouts with his own naturalistic style to create unique designs.