Co Galway new build on family land

Fionnuala Mannion was lucky to be able to self-build on her grandfather’s land, near other members of her immediate family.

In this article, Fionnuala talks about building on family land including:

  • How the new build design was influenced by moving from city to country
  • Design details from bulkhead in kitchen to U-shaped staircase
  • Adaptable storage solutions: for young children and beyond
  • Adapting the design to suit the budget and how they could have saved even more
  • Windows and doors: choices and installation
  • Contract with builder and process of building
  • Full floor plans and specification


Bedrooms: 4
Plot size: ¾ acre
House size: 225 sqm
Heating and hot water: air to water heat pump
Ventilation: mechanical with heat recovery


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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