The Insta Famous Tipperary Home

Dan and Jessica Tynan share what it’s been like to do it all themselves, from designing the house to building it.

Why did you decide to selfbuild and how did you find the site?

Dan: I always wanted to build my house on this site. It’s on my dad’s land and on a quiet country road near our village. The site itself has stunning views of the Devil’s Bit and it’s a place I’ve always felt happiest in.

Jessica: We priced both contractors and direct labour but always had it in our heads we were going to take this on ourselves and have the final say on everything. It is our home after all and we love hardship! 


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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