Seaside renovation in Co Cork

Brian and Jane O’Regan went bold renovating this family home with stunning harbour views. 

We mostly bought the house for its location and its views, but also because it was spacious enough to accommodate our large family,” says Brian.  “There was a lovely feel to the place and lovely people had been in the home.”

      “A big bonus was the fabulous landscaped area – the previous owners were keen gardeners, having planted a hundred different varieties of plants. We’re in a sheltered spot and have a wonderful microclimate here. The wind is prevalent at the front of the house, and we are irrigated by an aquifer.”

      With decades’ worth of design and building experience under his belt, Brian had clear ideas of what he wanted to get done. Or so he thought.

      “Even though this was mostly a renovation project, there were 35 revisions to the floor plans,” he says. All building projects need a well thought out plan, and Jane and Brian took their time getting it right and choosing which areas to prioritise. 


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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