County Cavan build with a difference

Taking the time to plan your self-build pays incredible dividends as Sean and Eloise Duffy learned after spending four years designing their Co Cavan home that embraces architectural forms – it really is a new build with a difference.

In this article we cover:

  • How the project came about, main contributors to the design process
  • Issues with planning permission
  • Build timeline and how they managed the project
  • How they managed costs
  • Concrete floors and timber finishes
  • Architect’s account of the build
  • Top tips for a successful build
  • Floor plans, supplier list and Professional photographs

House size: 2,200 sqft
Plot size: 0.4 acre


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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