No previous experience required

First-time self-builders Amanda and Kevin Fullerton of Co Derry tackled their new build project like any novices would: by asking plenty of questions.

In this article we cover:

  • How they approached buying a site
  • The design and planning process
  • Kitchen design
  • Flooring choices
  • How the build was managed
  • Day to day on site and changes made
  • Staircase reconfiguration
  • Thrifty glazing specification
  • Details of heating and ventilation systems
  • Full floor plans, supplier list and specification


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email

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