The automated home

Mark and Helen McCall recently built themselves a contemporary house with a centralised home automation system. 

How did the project come about? 

We built on an infill plot between two other houses, one of which is lived in by family. The field looks out towards the hills of rural County Down, sloping down gently to the south. We’ve built on the highest part of the site with the front of the house approximately 75m from the road.  


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

Groundwork and landscaping costs

From shed to office