Donegal forest house

Paul and Brodie Doherty built themselves an Irish version of a chalet with jaw dropping forest views in the heart of Donegal.

We cover:

  • Where the inspiration came from
  • The design process with their architect
  • How they secured planning permission
  • How much the house cost compared to a standard design
  • How the project was managed and built
  • How they tackled the interiors
  • Details of renewable energy systems and plans to go off grid
  • Wood carving plans (for the bathroom…)
  • Full supplier 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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