Narrow site for Wicklow new build

Securing planning permission in Co Wicklow took longer than building Luis Reis’ family home – in large part because it sits on a narrow infill site, sandwiched between two overlooking properties.

In this article we cover:

  • How an architect designs his own family home
  • How they got their infill site
  • Design challenges and planning obstacles
  • Choice of building method
  • Opting out of appointing an assigned certifier
  • Day to day on site
  • Budget and project management tips
  • Build costs including SIPS supplier
  • Full specification and floor plans

House size before: 179sqm
Plot Size: 283sqm
Airtightness: 1.962m3/hr.sqm


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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