Renovation of a long and narrow house

Building a family home in a sought-after area, such as the Dublin commuter belt, may leave you with a renovation project on your hands; for Brendan and Sheila McCann of Co Kildare the makeover consisted of a house just 10m wide.

In this article we cover:

  • Buying a house at auction
  • How to spot a good buy
  • Design process to renovate the house and planning permission
  • Windows choice
  • Going to tender for the build and how to keep costs down
  • Budget-friendly heating system
  • Natural ventilation strategy
  • Details of the Sustainable Urban Drainage System
  • Budget-friendly choice of roof covering and other external finishes
  • Garden design
  • Finding furniture for a bespoke shape
  • Before and after floor plans and photographs
  • Full supplier list and specification


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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