Building a home around the Kitchen

The kitchen is at the heart of the home, so much so for Lorcán and Kate Horgan that they designed their new house around it.

In this kitchen centric new build, Lorcán and Kate share their experience, including:

  • Designing and specifying a Georgian style house
  • The details of their kitchen with 360 degree views
  • Why it took them three years to design their house
  • How they made the most of the building’s footprint
  • Driveway restrictions from the planners
  • How they chose their windows
  • How they managed the build to ensure a quality finish
  • Budgeting tips
  • How they put in a well for drinking water

House size: 180sqm ground floor, 135sqm first floor, 315 sqm total
Plot size: 1 acre
Bedrooms: 4
Heating and hot water: air to water heat pump
Ventilation: centralised mechanical with heat recovery
Roof: Insulated with 100mm insulation board between rafters, 37.5mm foil backed insulation board to underside of ceilings, natural slate finish with black ventilated clay ridge caps to match.
Walls: Cavity wall construction 150 mm cavity pumped with graphite EPS beads, 37.5mm insulated plasterboard to inner side of cavity walls, rough natural sand /
cement / lime mix render finish to all main walls.
Floor: 100mm fine concrete screed on 125mm extruded insulation board on 150mm concrete sub-floor over usual build up with radon membrane.
Windows: Cream uPVC frames; windows to living room and front elevation to be sliding sash, others hinged.


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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