Úna and Gerry

SL12

INSPIRATION

Gerry & Úna started their self-build house in June 2012. it is located on their farm beside the original homestead. They planted 100 Chinese red birch trees along the avenue up to the new site. Gerry has completed most of the construction himself calling on contractors as required. Architect Colin Bell designed the energy efficient eco-friendly house and Tara ní Chianáin designed the garden. The building is timber frame and built on site using the ‘Walter Segal’ construction method. The build is near completion and Gerry & Úna are looking forward to moving into their house before the end of 2017.


TYPE OF HOUSE

Self-build - new home


POINT OF INTEREST

Baced on a working farm

They planted 100 Chinese red birch trees along the avenue up to the new site.


ECO ELEMENTS

• Timber frame

• external insulation - Gutex wood fibre board

• internal insulation - cellulose

• Air-to-water heat pump with under floor heating

• Wood burning tunnel stove

• near passive build

• House featured in near Zero energy Buildings (nZeB), Open Doors Weekends in 2014, 2015 & 2016.


CREATIVE ELEMENTS


ARCHITECT/DESIGN BY

Colin Bell

BUILDER


MATERIALS

Foundation: Concrete

Walls: Timber

Roof: Spanish slate

Insulation: Gutex Woodfibre, Cellulose Recycled paper, Sheeps wool & Mineral Wool, Compact foam insulation under external doors

Finishings:

On outside: Gutex plaster, Cedral weatherboard

On inside: Skimcoat, Gyproc Habito board, Acoustic insulation in walls


HEAT SOURCE

For the water: air to water heat pump

For the building: air to water heat pump & underfloor pipes downstairs, radiators upstairs


WATER SOURCE

County Council scheme


WASTE

Sewage Treatment System


GARDEN

Garden is in the process of being developed. we grow our own vegetables. 


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Satisfaction rating: High

Time scale of build : Started in 2012

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