The two storey home in Co Mayo

A carpenter by trade, Ambrose Lynott had the skills and ambition to build a dream two storey home for himself, his wife Donna and four children. With the help of family, and 24/7 dedication to the project, they managed to get it all built in a year.

The site, gifted by my parents, is next to a river and has views all around. It was the dream location for us as we were living in a confined three-bed townhouse that had no views and was always dark inside,” says Ambrose. “Before the townhouse, we had rented a very small house and one large one. These experiences gave us good insight into what we disliked.”

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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 astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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