Retirement plan

When Sandra and David Fulton decided it was time to downsize, they built their new home near the farmhouse they raised their children in.

We have a farm, and three sons we raised here in our family home,” says Sandra. “None of them work in farming but our youngest is based nearby and he liked the idea of living at home. So we suggested he take up the house, and for us to build our home on another part of the land. We were glad to have him and his wife beside us.”

“This allowed us to design something tailormade to our older years, and give our son a house to start his new family in. Thankfully we were in no hurry to get the build underway, which removed time as a potential source of stress.”

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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 astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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