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Learn from the Irish self-builders who have been through the process of building and home improving
72 TINY HOMES
Living in a house that’s on the small side could be a solution to mortgage debt but planning permission may be an issue.
20 ‘IT TAKES 40 COWS TO HEAT THE HOUSE IN WINTER’
94 ADDING VALUE TO YOUR HOME
See how Denise and Matt Donoghue of Co Cork are harvesting heat for their family home from the milking parlour.
A new kitchen may not necessarily add as much value as you might think, find out where to invest in your home to sell it at the best price.
It took Siobhan Harkin and Gerry Gormley of Co Antrim three goes, and 16 years, to get the redesign of their farmhouse right.
104 KITCHEN GARDEN HARVEST TIPS
Autumn is the time to reap the rewards of summer’s bounty, here’s how to harvest, pickle, freeze and store.
44 BACK TO BASICS Elaine and Noel O’Connor of Co Roscommon gave their architect free reign to redesign their farmhouse.
56 A GAME OF TWO HALVES
Neighbours sharing a semi-d had to apply for planning permission together to get the planners to allow them to change the appearance of their Co L’Derry seaside homes.
82 ICF BY DESIGN Architect Mel McGerr chose insulating concrete formwork for his home in Co Roscommon to guarantee a thermalbridge-free build.
88 ICF WITH DIY Sarah and Mark Ballantine of Co Antrim built up the insulating concrete formwork walls themselves.
102 DAMP BUSTERS John McIntyre’s house in Co Down was damp and mouldy; the solution was a whole house mechanised ventilation system.
110 OPEN UP TO POCKET DOORS
Sliding internal doors add style and function to contemporary family homes.
114 WORK AWAY FROM WORK The home office has become a musthave feature of any home; find out how to integrate one in your bedroom or carve out a space in the living room.
Basic information about building or improving your home in any of the 32 counties
126 ASK THE EXPERT
78 INSULATING CONCRETE FORMWORK
A method of construction that helps you build an airtight and thermal bridge free home without the headaches.
98 SUPERSIZE ME
Nowadays a lot needs to go into the utility room, find out what there is to consider.
100 DEALING WITH DAMP
Moisture and damp are all too common in our homes, here’s a quick guide of how to tackle it.
118 METAL ROOFS Despite being more expensive than traditional roof coverings, metal can inject style to your project.
120 IRISH DESIGN HEROES Inspiration from contemporary Irish designers who aren’t afraid of using bold materials and colours.
Your self-build questions answered.
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17 INSIDER NEWS
Product and industry news in the world of building and home improving.
31 INSIDE THE HEAT PUMP
How Denise and Matt Donoghue’s heat pump extracts heat from cow’s milk as explained by Mike Cotter of Alternative Heating & Cooling Ltd.
SELFBUILD: THE ALL-IRELAND
All articles equally cover the 32 counties; when we refer to the Republic of Ireland the abbreviation is ROI. For Northern Ireland it’s NI. AU T U M N 2 0 1 8 / S E L F B U I L D / 0 7