Buying a site with full planning permission in Co Antrim

Emma and Mark McMullan bought a sloping site that ticked every one of their boxes, with the bonus of having full planning permission.

My parents had self-built the house they live in now, and I always had at the back of my mind the intention to do the same,” says Emma. “Mark is a quantity surveyor so there was nothing that daunting about deciding to build our own home.”

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home 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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