Going native

A Dublin semi-detached renovation project was ideally suited to expats Edith and Hans Schroeder who went full native with a modern makeover.

In this article we cover:

  • Full details of insulation and renovation upgrade of 1950s house
  • Design details and planning permission process
  • Choice of heating and ventilation systems
  • Kitchen design
  • Decisions on the interiors
  • Dealing with snags
  • How they managed the project and process of appointing a builder
  • Changes they would make now that they are moved in
  • Full supplier list, specification and professional photographs

House Cost: €635,000
Total build cost: €465,000
Including total cost of bathrooms at €12,000, kitchen with appliances at €33,000, plumbing and heating at €26,000 and electrician at €13,000
Plot size: 650 sqm
House size: 240 sqm + 42 sqm attic for storage
Airtightness: 6.2ACH@50PA


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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