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…
In a time when our economy is fairly broke and grasping at straws the last thing we need is a bill for illegal dumping totally €36 million – however it serves us right.
Between 2002 and 2004 some 250,000 tonnes of Irish domestic and commercial waste is believed to have been illegally dumped at 20 identified sites in Northern Ireland. To avoid large fines from the European commission, Environment Ministers from both sides of the border have agreed to “repatriate” the waste over a 5-year period to the Republic. More than 70 prosecutions involving the illegal dumping of waste from the South have already been taken by the Northern Ireland authorities, 4 landowners have received prison sentences for allowing Irish waste to be dumped on their lands and fines totaling about £800,000 (€965,000) have also been imposed.
While we are now taking responsibility, how did we allow the illegal dumping happen in the first place?
Results of a survey carried by the Irish Mortgage Corporation have revealed that almost one-in-three Irish consumers admit they are having problems paying their bills.
Their Personal Budgeting Survey shows there has been a 59% increase on last year on the numbers struggling last year to meet their payments on mortgages, loans, credit cards and electricity bills. Close to three out of four consumers said they plan to reduce their spending further in 2010 to cope with higher charges, particularly rising mortgages rates. Ways of cutting back on spending included prioritizing paying off high-interest debts such as credit cards, more than a third said they will cancel their family holiday while one in four said they planning to cut their pension contributions. Not only that but the survey showed that one-in-five mortgage holders said they had been preparing for increases to their monthly repayments by saving…
Like your oven, your microwave can quickly become home to an array of food that has escaped during the cooking process. From ‘burnty’ bits, drops and splashes from soups and sauces and of course the odd explosion of beans and peas you might think avoiding or ignoring the food design on the inside of your microwave would be easier than cleaning it. BUT thanks to lemons the process of removing the caked food is so easy you will wonder why you haven’t done it sooner!
Household gadget of the week this week is this uber funky and quite handy six part toaster. The toaster design by Matt Gossington rotates and heats the toast in single compartments. You can then remove the compartments from the main appliance and swing open to allow toast to keep warm and crisp on its hot plates.
The toaster would be ideal for large families who have lots of mouths to feed during the weekly early morning rush.
Cleaning the freezer can be a lengthy and messy job but at the same time it’s a very necessary job. You probably have noticed and are well aware that over time a nice big thick layer of ice can build up on the inside your freezer. Not only does this make it hard to open and close freezer drawers but the ice reduces the efficiency of the appliance adding to your electricity bill.
- First off you will need to unload the freezer of any food items you might currently have inside! If you don’t have a second freezer where you can put the food during the cleaning process one hand tip from Videojug is to wrap your frozen foods in newspaper and put them in a cooler bag which should be stored in the coldest part of your house.