From scratch

Instagrammer Samantha Smith explains how she and her husband, with the support of her father in law who helped with the project management, constructed a budget friendly Georgian home. 

How did the project come about? 

We always wanted to build our own home but due to work commitments, it took us a while to decide where to try and build. We were ultimately drawn to an area close to family in a beautiful scenic location.  

There was a very limited supply of sites where we would qualify for a local planning need, and we were lucky enough to be able to agree to buy a one acre site subject to planning permission.  

There was planning permission for a two storey house nearby and one built not far from the site so we were silently confident that planning for a two storey house would be approved. A Georgian inspired two storey build was the style we aimed for. 


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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