Timber frame energy efficient home in Kilkenny

Kieran and Anita McGrath are a typical example of how forward-thinking self-builders are, especially when it comes to making an energy efficient home. Not only did the couple achieve impressive eco credentials back in 2011, they drew up their house plans and project managed the build themselves.

With their plot decided on, Kieran McGrath and his wife Anita started gathering ideas and inspiration for their new energy efficient home, from their favourite house magazines and TV shows for years before they first broke ground.

In this article we look at:

  • Self-builder experiences
  • Full supplier list & contact details
  • Full build specifications, including:
  • Wall specs
  • Floor specs
  • Roof specs
  • Glazing specs
  • Detailed architect plans
  • 24 project photos
  • Self-builder tips and Q&A
  • Build cost calculator (Ireland only)

Build Overview & Costs

House size: 2,500 sqft with 300sqft garage
Bedrooms: 4 / Plot size: 1 acre
Build cost: €270,000 / Current value: €450,000
Heating and hot water: Air to water heat pump
Ventilation: Heat recovery ventilation system
Build method: Timber frame / BER: B1


Written by Heather Campbell

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