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Modern Classics

Building a Modern Classic There was a time when building a new home was simple. You had few enough choices: 3 bed or 4? Slate or tile? Tarmac or gravel?   Things have moved on a lot since then. The Celtic Tiger saw the dawn of architects being employed in a wide...

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Air To Water Units

Being good to the Environment Let's face it, as we look out our windows in winter at the smoke billowing from neighbouring chimney stacks we must conclude that this can't last forever. Whatever your thoughts on saving the environment, if you push the fast forward...

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Choosing Timber Floors

Choosing timber floors is a key decision for your new home and certainly an area where a little advance homework and knowledge goes a very long way. First of all; what types of floors are available, when are they best used and which offer best value?   There are three...

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Island Hobbing

Some time ago there was a revolution in kitchen design, the arrival of the breakfast bar (peninsula) thus beginning the advent of the social kitchen. This which was soon upgraded to the "island". Along with a walk- in wardrobe the island has now become a 'must have'...

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Underfloor Heating

I am getting an extension built and considering getting underfloor heating fitted, would this be better than fitting a radiator? I am assuming that the rest of your house is heated using radiators. There are benefits to using underfloor heating, It's a very gradual...

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Fitted Windows

Is it worth getting expensive windows fitted? Whether you opt for PVC (entry level), aluminium or aluclad (top end) the u values (insulation measure) remain the same, depending on spec. In general if budget is a concern I advise clients to fit aluclad or aluminium in...

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Attic Conversions

How much do attic conversions cost? Are they good Value? In my experience of building we have built only one attic conversion (in our first year). I have head prices quoted from €10k to 25k depending on access (stairs) size, structural issues and level of fit out...

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Housing Grants

What grants are available for renovating your house? Thankfully there are some grant incentives available to help you with the financial burden of upgrading your home. It is important to ensure you use eligible contractors and adhere to the terms & conditions of the...

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