Dublin laneway house

laneway in Dublin

How Ronan and Laura Campbell built their house in Ronan’s parents’ laneway in Dublin.

In this article we cover:

  • How Ronan and Laura got planning permission
  • Design to fit the laneway
  • Planning constraints (not what you’d think)
  • Build method chosen for speed and quality
  • Build process from start to finish with Covid thrown in
  • Budget friendly finishes
  • Landscaping and what would do differently about it
  • Full floors plans, spec and supplier list
  • Timeline and top tips to save on your build
  • Hour-long podcast with Ronan and Laura


House size: 147sqm 
Plot size: 281sqm 
Bedrooms: 3
Site cost: €100k
Build cost: €305k
House value: €650k
BER: A rated
Heating and hot water system: air to water heat pump 
Ventilation: centralised mechanical with heat recovery
Build method: steel frame 


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 astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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