A hands-on approach – From design vision to final finish, first-time self-builders Nicole and Colin McKee of Co Down rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in. The result? A dream home they can’t ever imagine leaving.
Family first – Co Cork’s Ambrose Lynott built not just a family home but a legacy. He shares how he did it and what other hands-on self-builders need to know before taking the plunge.
If I can do it – Jane Williams never dreamed she could tackle a major renovation project. That is, until she came across an opportunity too good to pass up in Co Down.
Cast in concrete – This Co Donegal renovation project, which upgraded the entire energy efficiency of the building, is the result of hard work and DIY determination.
Ask the expert – This issue we look at whether centralised ventilation systems can both heat and cool your home, and whether heat pumps can also play their role in reducing indoor temperatures in the summer. Plus how does an airtightness membrane control moisture?
First and second fix – Shedding light on the construction industry’s most used terms to define the key stages of your self-build project.
Tendering guide – If you appoint a main contractor, chances are you will ask a number of builders to give you a quotation for the job. That process is called tendering, and here we run through how it works.
Tradesmen – A list of the most common trades you will hire on your self-build project: who they are, how they are paid and what to expect of them – and what they will expect of you in return.
Bare root plants – Winter is the ideal season to plant bare root shrubs and trees. Find out how, and why it makes sense to get your hands dirty.
Energy efficiency in NI – The building regulations for energy in NI have fallen behind as compared to ROI and mainland UK. We ask when will they finally be updated, and does it matter if they are?
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