Budget friendly new build in Co Tyrone

Co Tyrone budget build

How David and Christine Adams’ contemporary new build house came in £20k under budget.

In this article David and Christine Adams share their experience building their new home, including:

  • Details of planning application under PPS21 – CTY10
  • Change in house location based on planning requirements
  • Working with their architectural designer and the barrel roof design
  • Details of the build up of the three roof types
  • Corner window details, sealing and insulating
  • Practical design hacks including where to put the utility room
  • Cost saving finishes, from corrugated metal cladding to finding alternatives for zinc
  • Cost savings from direct labour, buying equipment and DIY
  • Details of upside down design and how it works with the sloping site
  • Full floor plans and specification
  • Choice of low maintenance finishes including tiles
  • Choice of oil fired boiler and underfloor heating

Build Overview & Costs

House size: 2,500 sqft
Plot size: 0.65 acres
Bedrooms: 4
Project cost including furnishings, white goods: under £100/sqft 
Construction: blockwork (cavity walls)
Heating and hot water: oil boiler
Ventilation: centralised mechanical with heat recovery 
EPC (SAP): B (84)


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 astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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