Strikingly modern new build on Donegal coast

modern new build

Denise and Mick O’Donnell took a gamble that paid off: they project managed their modern new build even though they’d never built before.

In this article Denise covers:

  • Site conditions and how the design started
  • Main influences and design process
  • Main design elements: simple and cost effective yet architectural
  • Strikingly modern internal architectural features
  • Planning permission process
  • How they managed the project themselves and how they kept on track
  • Details of heating system
  • How they tackled salt spray and other issues with coastal location
  • Lighting design
  • Lessons learned
  • Full timeline, floor plans and supplier list


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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