House on stilts in Co Leitrim

Woodturner Max Brosi dreamt of building his own abode for most of his life but it wasn’t until he met his now-wife Anna Marie that the decision to self-build a house on stilts was made.

In this article Max chats about his house on stilts project, including:

  • How the design came together and he he designed the house himself, with details on orientation
  • Walter Segal inspiration with post and beam
  • How he built the house including full details about the stilts
  • DIY self-build approach with help of friends and family – tips to stay on budget and on schedule
  • How budgeting decisions were made, including why it made sense to outsource the kitchen
  • Reed and willow bed wastewater treatment system (constructed wetlands)
  • Choice of solid fuel for heat and hot water
  • Permaculture garden tips


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

Selfbuild Winter 2016

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