Within walking distance

For many couples, finding the right home in the right location means being near the right school. Caroline and Robin Harris had the same requirement, and they eventually found a property that ended up ticking all of the right boxes.

met my husband in London,” says Caroline. “We looked at buying there but all we could afford was a studio above a chip shop. We eventually decided to move back to my home town in 2012 to settle down, and we self-built our own home.”

“It was a four bedroom cottage style house, with a stone facing. We stayed in the house for four years, had our little girl there. It had a beautiful view of the lake but we realised after having children that we needed more storage – and a playroom – which hadn’t been factored in when we had designed the house.”


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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