Month: September 2010

New Self Build Blogger to the Property Lounge!

New Self Build Blogger to the Property Lounge!

Cottage Self Build Project Dromore West, Sligo 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.

Why Self-build?
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

Garden & Outdoors
Raised Flower Beds with natural stone

Raised Flower Beds with natural stone

Raised Flower Beds with natural stoneRaised garden beds are not only beautiful and functional additions to any garden but can also help solve many common garden problems such as poor soil or drainage. Raise beds also allow you to worry less about foot traffic, whether it is kids or animals, damaging plant growth!

There are various material options to choose from when planning your raised bed from wood, bricks, blocks, decorative stones, slates and just plain old rocks. But for the ultimate in elegance, stone is a great choice for a raised flower garden. Natural stone guarantees an attractive, long lasting and no maintenance finish making it an ideal choice. Depending on the scope, size and scale of planting raised beds using natural stone can be constructed in a number of ways…

Looking for a Mortgage: Check out the Home Choice Loan

Looking for a Mortgage: Check out the Home Choice Loan

Looking for a Mortgage: Check out the Home Choice LoanIf you are looking for a mortgage but are failing to get approval for the finances you need then the Home Choice Loan (HCL) might be for you.

The what?
The Home Choice Load, HCL for short, is a government-run mortgage loan scheme specifically for first-time buyers who can prove that they have been unable to get “sufficient finance” from at least two banks or building societies. The scheme was kicked off in order to help those who want to buy a home but are unable to do so because of the current credit crunching times.

So, how does it work and who can apply?

  • The scheme is provided by local authorities nationwide – however all applications will be processed by a HCL-authorised mortgage broker
  • Applicants can buy secondhand as well as new homes
  • Applicants can borrow…
Should Estate Agents be more tightly regulated?

Should Estate Agents be more tightly regulated?

Should Estate Agents be more tightly regulated?According to a recent survey carried out by MyHome.ie four out of five people believe that estate agents should be more tightly regulated by the law. The survey which focused on buyers and sellers perception of estate agents also found that a third of respondents didn’t think estate agents were honest, while over half of those surveyed did not believe estate agent fees were reasonable.

However it was not all bad news for the agents as nine out of ten sellers said they had used or were using estate agents and felt the level of service justified the fee charged.

The Finance Director of MyHome.ie Ken O’Flaherty said it was clear people wanted more regulation in the property sector, ‘The irony of the situation is that the majority of estate agents fully support the need for more regulation in the industry…

Sneak peak Inside Stephen Ireland’s house!

Sneak peak Inside Stephen Ireland’s house!

Sneak peak Inside Stephen Ireland’s house!This week Ireland’s glossy and glamorous VIP magazine stepped inside the home of Aston Villa’s Stephen Ireland and explored the weird and wonderful of his inner-sanctum in Cheshire.

From the outside, the house looks like a nice property with an interesting design and of course contains the usual features you would expect to find in such a home, like a hot tub in the garden and indoor swimming pool. But his interior taste has a received a fair bit of criticism, he décor choices in question include; …