The €45k Sligo Holiday Home Refurb

This self-built refurbished home in Co Sligo is a refuge for Dublin-based Derek Treneman.

In this series of Irish Designer Homes, we bring you the homes Irish architects, engineers and other house building designers live in. This issue we take a peek inside architect Derek Treneman’s holiday home.

Anything unusual?

My holiday home is 100% off grid and free from bills! I generate all my electricity from two PV solar collectors and a 350W wind turbine. I hand pump water into the house from a 200ft well. It takes 10 minutes to fill the 240lt tank that lasts a week. I have a home made compost toilet which uses sawdust and recycles the waste into my kitchen garden and orchard.

Favourite design feature

My laminated plywood bath and sink. Water is heated by a back boiler stove right in front of the bath. A little bit of seaweed from the local harbour makes for the most relaxing experience…

sligo holiday home refurb

How much did it cost?

Approximately €45,000 but you prefer not to count with a labour of love…

Favourite room?

I love my mezzanine bedroom in my studio. It’s cosy on those long winter nights when gales are battering against the house .

9 Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin 8
T: 01 532 4183

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. Email

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