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A house in Clare


So Much Has Happened ...

Posted by joeirish , 29 July 2015 · 1,512 views

... since my last blog.My father in law developed cancer and sadly died in April. This has meant that my wife has had to spend a lot of time away from home. And also in April we got a cash offer for our old house. We had four weeks in which to pack up and move out. Luckily a lot had been done on the new house but none the less it has been a hectic time. N...


Dousing For Water, Wells And Boreholes

Posted by joeirish , 01 March 2015 · 1,131 views

So although we had received our planning permission we had to wait four weeks in case there were any objections. During that time we decided to deal with one of the planning conditions, that there was a suitable water supply.We had made the decision that we wanted a site with our own water supply. We have that at the moment and like the control we have ov...


Planning Permission - Part 5, The Result

Posted by joeirish , 26 January 2015 · 997 views

July to August 2013And when Miles got back from his holidays we were still getting the various pieces of paper together.We had to sign off on the exact position of the house and garage. Then had to agree the landscape plan. That included things like the planting of native trees along a boundary and other shrubbery to be planted throughout the garden.And t...


Planning Permission - Part 4, Plans Finalised

Posted by joeirish , 25 January 2015 · 795 views

May to August 2013We had spent a fair bit of time considering the idea of a three sided house. It had its appeal. It would certainly have the wow factor combined with the more traditional aspect facing the road. And it certainly contained most of the features on our wish list. But...The cost. We had a specific budget and there would be no more once that w...


Planning Permission - Part 3, The Plans, First Attempt

Posted by joeirish , 25 January 2015 · 832 views

February to May 2013Throughout the Spring and Summer we had a lot of conversations about our proposed new house. It was a long and very exhaustive process before we ended up with a design that was something we felt would suit us and meet our needs.It'd all started early in the New Year when we were chatting to a friend about our idea of building a ne...


Planning Permission - Part 2

Posted by joeirish , 23 January 2015 · 892 views

January to April 2013"You didn't say you had a motorhome." was the first thing Miles our architect said when he turned up with the initial draft of the plans for our new house. We had already had several hours of discussion with him about all sorts of things in the attempt to decide what type of house we wanted. And although we had already sub...


Planning Permission - Part 1

Posted by joeirish , 22 January 2015 · 755 views

Like just about anywhere else there are lots of restrictions in place in Clare to limit building new houses just anywhere you want to. The well know planning laws. And permission is needed. So before we could buy out site outright we needed this important document. And there were some specific conditions in the area we had selected. For example here is a...


How To Buy A Site, Irish Style

Posted by joeirish , 22 January 2015 · 763 views

We had decided that we wanted to move to the Mountshannon area. We have a few friends there, it is a nice little village, has a small farmer's market, an arts festival, three nice pubs and one little restaurant, tapas bar type place., lovely little harbour and surrounding areas. But where to find a site? Meelick Bay on Lough Derg just a couple of mile...


Lots Of Catching Up To Do On This Blog

Posted by joeirish , 22 January 2015 · 658 views

I have been really quite busy actually building the new house that I have not been adding to this blog. And now sitting at home recovering from a knee operation I've decide to remedy that. Even though our new house is substantially built. Hopefully going over some of the memorable stages and the issues we dealt with might help others. But just in case...


In The Beginning ...

Posted by joeirish , 14 July 2014 · 971 views

So although this blog is starting in July 2014, the actual saga of our new build in County Clare started quite some time ago. Nearly two years ago in fact. But things are now beginning to happen so I thought maybe start a blog to keep a record of the whole thing. But first some history.We have lived in Clare (myself and my wife) for the past 17 years in a...

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