Direct labour self-build in Co Down

Lauren Speers had the prefect site and, in more ways than one, the perfect husband, Alex, who was willing and able to take charge of a direct labour self-build. 

How did the design come about?

We wanted to keep the exterior of our home traditional in keeping with the area. The influences for this came mainly from driving around many country roads and discussing elements we loved about different houses and, with inspiration from magazines and online mood boards, we finally decided on the shape and style of our home. 


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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