The impressive extension with sliding glass doors

To get the most out of a renovation or extension project you need to have lived in the house for at least a couple of years to see what changes will work best for you, working from the inside out, as Gayle and Graeme Doyle of Co Down found out.

In this article we cover:

  • Design details of the extension with all glass doors
  • Insulation strategy including existing floors
  • How the house stays fresh during hot summers with natural ventilation
  • Design and installation details of the polished concrete floor
  • Reason why they didn’t need planning permission for the extension
  • Working with Building Control
  • Initial time frame and reasons for delays
  • Budgeting and scheduling tips
  • How it went on site: managing the day to day
  • Why their diet suffered because of the build
  • Lighting design and extending the existing heating system
  • Interior design and colour schemes, including DIY elements
  • Choice of rooflights and sourcing it on the other side of the border
  • Details of the overhang and timber spec
  • Full specification with before and after floor plans
  • Supplier list

Ground floor: 93 sqm / First floor: 84 sqm
Extension: 22sqm / Plot size: 0.1 acre
Total cost: £45,000


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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