Modern new build in Co Roscommon

This modern new build shows that a contemporary design in the open countryside can get planning permission, as long as it’s well thought out.

In this article we cover:

  • Design process with architect with 3D renders
  • How they got planning permission for their striking new build
  • Choice of steel frame construction with photos of progress on site
  • Kitchen design and specification
  • Direct labour self-build: how it went, top tips
  • Choice of systems including heat pump with cooling function
  • Timeline, specification and supplier list


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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