Narrow and sloping site for Co Antrim home

John and Susan Black of Co Antrim had a narrow and sloping site, yet they still managed to build their dream home.

In this article we cover:

  • Details of the site and how they had to think differently about design
  • Redesign process after securing planning permission
  • Designing a house in an Area of Outstanding Beauty
  • Details of room uses from top to bottom on the three storey house
  • Choosing the right builder for the project
  • Insulation and airtightness strategy
  • Choice of heating and ventilation systems
  • Choice of windows and restrictions for fire regulations
  • Full 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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