First time self-builders create dream home in County Down

From design vision to final finish, first-time self-builders Colin and Nicole McKee rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in.

In this article we cover:

  • How to achieve a contemporary design within a rural setting
  • Planning permission process for replacement dwelling
  • How they project managed the build themselves
  • How they tackled issues on site for ducting and cabling
  • Choice of heating and ventilation systems
  • Photovoltaic (PV) system choice and installation
  • Details of vaulted ceiling
  • Kitchen design and installation
  • Interior design details: industrial look
  • Tips to stay on schedule and on budget
  • Full floor plans, specification and supplier list


Written by Heather Campbell

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