Extension connecting a beautiful garden

Gareth and Lesley McAuley’s extension project created a connection with the garden and increased the value of their home in Co Antrim.

In this article Gareth and Lesley explain how they added value to their home with their extension, including:

  • Details of 1950s house and demolish plans of previous extensions
  • Internal redesign and extension design to maximise the garden views
  • Tips to stay on budget and how to tackle an extension project as a novice
  • Plumbing upgrades and new heating system details
  • Choosing a builder and putting a contract in place with details including prime cost (PC) sums
  • Cost effective and stylish choice of windows, plus other means to reduce draughts
  • Staircase design and interior design details
  • House value before and after
  • Full before and after floor plans
  • Insulation strategy and how it went on site
  • Supplier list and specification


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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