Co Mayo bungalow with tricky planning permission

The site Keith and Romina McGreal chose to build their bungalow on in Co Mayo required an Environmental Impact Statement to secure planning permission.

In this article we cover:

  • Reasons for self-building, process of finding and buying a site to build on
  • Cost of applying for planning: Environmental Impact Statement
  • Locals needs requirement and how they fulfilled it
  • Finding an architect and going through the design process
  • Appointing an Assigned Certifier
  • How they sought out prices, tendering to five builders
  • Choice of builder and contract
  • Staircase design with architect
  • Ventilation and heating choices
  • Tips for picking out kitchen and bathrooms
  • Full supplier list

Walls: 400mm cavity wall build up with 200mm cavity pumped with EPS graphite coated beads
Roofs: 225mm mineral wool with insulated plasterboard (50mm PIR) and 12mm plasterboard
Windows: Triple glazed uPVC throughout
Building Energy Rating: A3


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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