Sleek new build in Co Down

How Tiffany and Matthew Rea built their on trend house, a sleek new build finished with charred timber, in just four and a half months.

In this article, Tiffany covers:

  • Planning their new build and wedding at the same time
  • Change from refurbishment to replacement dwelling
  • House design constraints and planning process
  • Inspiration for the design and finishes
  • Details of building method, heat and hot water system and ventilation
  • Build process with schedule
  • Favourite features including how the LED lighting system works
  • Tips to keep on schedule and on budget
  • Biggest splurge revealed
  • Details of garden plans for the future
  • Timeline and supplier list


Plot size: 0.1 acre 
House size: 2,300 sqft  
Bedrooms: 3  
Heating and hot water: gas boiler 
Ventilation: centralised mechanical with heat recovery 
Build method: cavity wall (blockwork) 
EPC (SAP): B (85) 


Written by Myles McCAnn

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