Downsizing in Belfast

Pauline Millar’s downsizing project in Belfast shows what can be done with a small property and a limited budget.

In this article estate agent Pauline explains how she went about renovating her 1960s semi-detached house in Belfast, including:

  • House hunting tips for a renovation project
  • Maximise small footprint by designing the extension and garden at the same time
  • Budget friendly decisions
  • How to use ever inch of space: storage tips
  • Split level design both inside and out to maximise light and views
  • Hidden drainage details and concealed washing line
  • Full kitchen design with island storage
  • Stripping back the bathroom to add a bath
  • How to configure the floor to ceiling windows for least cost, ventilation and maximum visual impact
  • How to increase water pressure
  • Choice of gas boiler and wood burning stove
  • Before and After floor plans


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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