Content Issue 84

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.


Home Gallery Sale
Colours of Autumn
Precious Plastic
Neutral Colours


Fashion Q & A
Meet The Maker
Colour me happy
Blogs to bookmark
Beautiful Forms
The Living Cube


Art For Art Sake

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