County Clare Holiday Home

Showing signs of age after just 25 years, this self-built home nestling in a Co Clare housing estate was the last place Niall and Sinead O’Connell expected to find their future holiday home. But the views and location were too good to pass up in an area where houses are hard to find…

In this article Niall and Sinead cover:

  • How they found their holiday home to renovate
  • Extending the existing house within permitted development
  • Designing the house for holiday use
  • Open plan design with details of contemporary interiors, from lighting to furnishings
  • Sourcing local materials and project managing from abroad including schedule of visits
  • Working with the builder and architect involvement during the construction phase
  • How they managed the need to redo some of the work
  • How they sourced materials in a remote location
  • Bathroom design with details of tiles and clae foot bath
  • Need for electrical upgrade and upgrading ESB Networks connection, and boiler upgrade
  • Full supplier’s list


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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