Split level two storey house in Co Galway

What looks like a simple modernist cube is actually a carefully crafted split level two storey house with five levels.

In this article we cover:

  • Working with the architect to get a design on five levels
  • Layout on each level to cater to family life
  • Details of house height and width
  • Floor plans, elevation, professional photographs
  • Planning process and hurdles
  • Tendering for a builder and choosing the right one
  • Storage requirements and where they put equipment
  • Day to day on site
  • Rendering versus painting
  • Kitchen design details
  • Details of geothermal heat pump system plus stove
  • Energy consumption of the A2 rated building
  • Choice of interiors from floor coverings to bathrooms
  • Full specification, supplier list, along with professional photographs


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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