Upside down renovation in Co Down

After a false start, Allison Cordner took charge of her renovation project and never looked back.

When we moved back to Northern Ireland, we bought a 1970s house in a sought after neighbourhood as a renovation project,” says Allison. “The house, as many others in this area, had the living space on the first floor and sleeping quarters on the ground floor.”

      “Our estate agent recommended an architect, and we invited him to view the house with us to get his thoughts. He suggested taking advantage of the south facing location, moving the living space to the ground floor in an open plan configuration with bifold doors. He included an extension over the existing concrete carport to the left of the property.”

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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

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