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A Futureproofed Home in Salthill

A white wooden kitchen in the a future proofed home in salthill article
Having acquired one of the last remaining prime sites in the Salthill area, Michael & Sheila were anxious to ensure that the house they were about to build would have a low carbon footprint and use as much renewable energy as possible. Over the next six months there followed a lengthy process of meeting, discussions and consultations with Gerard Carr of Gerard Carr & Associates and Declan Dooley of Kilcastle Construction Ltd to design what would best suit such a site, and meet Michael and Sheila’s expectations. The brief was to create a ‘home’ that was bright, warm, easy to maintain and with as much “future proofing” as possible and with sights on an “A” BER to create a low carbon footprint. This result was achieved in the final analysis.

A Picture paints a thousand words

Living room in a 1840's period house, freshly painted by Donal Hegarty
This 1840’s period house is located a few miles outside Galway City. Originally used as a family home, it was turned into a Bed & Breakfast in the 1980’s and traded very successfully as such for many years. The first thing you will notice are the brass name tags on some of the doors. They remain in situ and I can’t help thinking they are a rather nice addition to the story of this fabulous home. When Donal Hegarty – Painter & Decorator was invited to tender for the painting contract of the property, he was delighted to do so as he could show his skills as a decorator and showcase his speciality – painting old period homes.

An Eco Hideaway

The Three Towers and Slieve Aughty Riding Centre
Some things are hard to find but sometimes you just have to know where to look. I am talking about ‘The Three Towers’, what sounds like the title of a fantasy novel actually is an Eco-Resort with riding facilities not far from Loughrea, Co Galway. Taking the R352 from Portumna you head to Loughrea, it is important to take care on this road, the sign for Slieve Aughty – although quite large, you come upon it rather quickly so it is easy to miss. Then you turn left and left again down a very narrow road which opens on to one of the most amazing hidden gems Ireland has to offer – The Three Towers Eco House & Organic Kitchen.

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Content Issue 83

Extend your Space

Extended kitchen
The ordinary façade of this three bed semi belies the airy, light-filled space that is inside, thanks to a large kitchen extension to the back of the house. This kitchen definitely has the wow factor. The first feeling on entering it is of light and space. It is a bright, spacious room, cleverly arranged in three sections, of living, cooking and dining, all in one!

A Family Home Extended beyond Recognition

Garden in a renovated house
Elaine and Frank invited us back to their home many years after we had featured it in Upstairs Downstairs. They had just completed some major changes and were delighted with the results. The house had been extended and it truly had been changed beyond recognition. The wonderful thing about this extension was that it was within 40sqm, so they would not have to go through the planning permission process. The extension was exactly 40sqm and fulfilled all their wishes and needs.

Story of a Claddagh House

Claddagh house living room
When I met Orla Sheridan to discuss her new business as a Personal Stylist, we got around to talking about houses and interiors. She told me she lived in the Claddagh. My attention was spiked as it is one of my favourite places in Galway. The homes in the area have been a fascination for me for years. The Claddagh is one of the oldest parts of Galway. Although sadly none of the old cottages survived, the houses that replaced them have since been replaced and changed or morphed into large medium and small homes. The area has become rather trendy and many houses have been bought up by young professionals and renovated beyond recognition.

Heron’s Rest – The Long Walk Galway

Kitchen of the heron's rest b&b
I was greeted at the door of the Heron’s Rest Boutique Bed & Breakfast by Sorcha Molloy owner of one of Galway’s best kept secret hideaways. The Heron’s Rest is situated on Galway’s famous long Walk, under the Spanish Arch along the banks of the River Corrib. And across the mouth of the river – it overlooks one of the oldest parts of Galway – The Claddagh Harbour home of the world famous Claddagh ring and Galway hooker.

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