County Westmeath Lakeside Renovation

For Egon Walesch, this lakeside renovation was a balancing act between modernising the place and conserving childhood memories.

In this article Egon covers:

  • Renovating a lakeside timber frame, chalet style house
  • Interior choices with cost saving tips
  • Why he was told to knock down the house
  • How he persisted and managed to find the right builder for the job
  • Details of internal design to make the house more space efficient
  • Details of planning-exempt extension
  • Details of reroofing work
  • Details of log stove with back boiler for radiators
  • Tadelakt waterproof plaster details
  • Managing the projects from abroad
  • Full before & after floor plans


House size before: 71 sqm
House size after:
82 sqm
Plot size:
0.2 hectares (0.5 acres) 


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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