As I am a keen surfer, I spend many hours traveling back roads looking for the best surf and gazing at millions of old buildings. Each one is a star in my mid-night sky where my mind drifts between what they were and what they could be. If I could travel though time, I wonder what the past would think of the cold shoulder we give our heritage, in preference of more punch stamp bungalows. I am not against building new houses on green-field sites. However, I believe that you should have a very good reason and argument to break new ground. The people who undertake the challenge and responsibility of bringing our heritage into the future are the unsung heroes that seek to retain our beautiful landscapes. It is my ambition to follow their path.
My 45sqm star, a headman’s cottage sits on the mid-level of a one acre site. There are two ring forts within 250m of the site that reinforce the occupation of this corner of Sligo right back to the Iron Age. The site is accessed just…
Hi and welcome! Firstly I would like to thank MyHome.ie for giving me the opportunity to share with you my knowledge and experience of self-building projects. I have recently purchased a small unoccupied cottage in Dromore West, Sligo and I intend to take you on a journey of the ups and down of the self-building process. This tale will take you though all the design, technical, and logistical issues that I will face while I renovate the cottage, self-building a carbon neutral extension and plant a kitchen garden.
People have many motivations to self-build. Some seek to save money while others seeking a challenge feeling an impulse to connect physically to their homes. Either way self-builders find immense satisfaction completing their project. Anyone can self-build, extreme self-builders choose to do everything from physical construction to project management. However, most self-builders focus on their innate skills and experience choosing to project manage other specialist or physical activities.
My Dromore West Self-build Tale…