Cast concrete home extension in Donegal

Even though Emma and Mark Smith were reluctant renovators, they knew a home extension project was the only way to create the family home of their dreams in such a desirable location.

In this article Emma and Mark talk about their home renovaiton proejct:

  • Renovation of a 1970s home to make it energy efficient and contemporary
  • Extension design to add living space and capture the views
  • Details of concrete shuttering: what it is and how it’s done
  • Reason for choosing renovation versus new build with cost comparison
  • Choice of geothermal heating system including system sizing and temperature flows
  • Full details of insulation and airtightness upgrade in existing house
  • Cost comparison oil versus heat pump
  • Kitchen design including details of cooled walk-in larder
  • Outdoor chimney design with patio
  • Practical tips to stay on budget at design and build stages
  • Full floor plans, specification, supplier list and timeline


House size before: 358 sqm including double attached garage
House size after:  372 sqm including single attached garage
Bedrooms: 6
Heating: geothermal heat pump (borehole)
Ventilation: mechanical with heat recovery
Build method: blockwork and shuttered concrete


Written by Heather Campbell

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