The four month turnkey build

Jim and Faye McGrath self-built their forever home 30 years ago, but as it turned out, they had a second self-build in them. This time around, they chose a kit and moved in only three weeks after the foundations were done. 

How did the project get started? 

We had self-built our 2,700 sqft family home in 1988. It was a five bedroom house, which served us really well up to the point when the children had grown and left. The house was just too big for us. Fortunately this coincided with news that our daughter, along with her husband and two children, were moving back home from Canada after 13 years being away.

Build Overview

Plot size: 2 acres / House size: 1,275 sqft
Bedrooms: 3 / BER: A2
Ventilation: mechanical with heat recovery
Heating and hot water: air source heat pump
Turnkey house building cost (excluding groundworks and fees): €200k


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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