Two storey dream home in Co Wexford

This two storey dream home in Co Wexford ticked all of the boxes on Michael and Paula O’Neill’s wish list, including granite porch.

In this article we cover:

  • How they got the site and how they made the most of mountain views with the design
  • Planning permission process
  • Details of granite porch entrance
  • Window choices and artificial lighting including chandelier
  • Details of geothermal system with costings and how much they spend on heating a year
  • Heat recovery ventilation system details
  • Double height ceiling design and practicalities on site
  • How much DIY they did to save on costs
  • Hiring tradesmen and managing their schedule
  • What they would change

House size: 3,200 sqft
Site size: ¾ acre
Total cost: €330,000
Build type: masonry
Insulation: 60mm rigid cavity wall insulation, 32mm composite board to inside leaf, roof 400mm rockwool, floor 100mm composite board
Windows: Double glazed, PVC, argon filled, A-rated
U-values: walls 0.19 W/m2K, floor 0.16-0.18 W/m2K and roof 0.12 W/m2K


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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