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The whole of our house is filled with light

Liz and Padraig Nolan made sure that their new-build home made the most of the views of the countryside

With two small children, Liz and Padraig Nolan were finding their 1970s house in Drogheda a little cramped. They needed more space and when Liz’s parents offered them a site for building a new house, it sounded like the perfect solution. Both Liz and Padraig are from farming backgrounds and Padraig in particular relished the idea of a move back to the open countryside. Liz was a little sorry to leave a good neighbourhood and her lovely neighbours, but loved the idea of building their own home.

Their architect, Kieran Lally, helped to select the best site for building and the couple gave him a brief for the design of their new home. ‘The site is beautiful, in rolling countryside and we wanted to take full advantage of that by building a house that looked outwards, with glazing to frame the views and rooms following the path of the sun, so that the whole house is filled with light,’ explains Liz. ‘Our bedroom faces east for the morning light, the family area has south and west light and the living room east, west and south light.’

Liz’s smart, hardworking, kitchen was designed and supplied by robert mooney Custom built Furniture. The Tolix barstools were found on ebay. The limestone floor tiles thoughout the main living area are from The natural Tile and marble Company
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August is the perfect month for getting to grips with decorating and gardening jobs before the days get cooler and the nights draw in. In this issue we meet TV garden designer David Domoney to discover his expert tips for creating a gorgeous front garden that will cheer you up every time you come home, and will give your home extra kerb appeal too – very handy if you’re thinking of putting your home on the property market. However, if you rent your home, we know how hard it can be to put your stamp on it when you’re not allowed to redecorate. So, on page 36, we’ve got some great ideas for making a rental look beautiful without upsetting your landlord. Whether you rent or own your own property, many of us have compact kitchens which come with their own challenges. So on page 48 we’ve come up with some smart solutions for making the most of every inch of space. Talking of which, on page 40 we’ve found some fantastic furniture that not only looks great but has hardworking storage built in to keep your home looking streamlined and clutterfree. But August isn’t just about tackling those must-do jobs around the home and garden, it’s also the ideal time to enjoy spending time alfresco with family and friends. So this month we’ve got a selection of mouth-watering BBQ recipes for you to try (p.100), as well as some really pretty craft projects to make your summer garden parties extra special (p.60). Enjoy the sunshine!
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