As a society we are living through unprecedented and challenging times. What we collectively decide to do now as a society will influence the impact of COVID-19 in Ireland in the weeks and months ahead. The best action we can all take is to heed Government advice and follow a path that will help us…Read more
Help with heating
Q. We are planning a major remodel of our two-bedroom, 15-year-old apartment, including extending into the attic to make it a three-bedroom duplex. Currently, we have electric storage heaters in the hall and living room, and instant electric heaters in the bedrooms, neither of which are satisfactory, either in terms of cost or comfort. Are there…Read more
Down the drain-Answer to readers question published in Irish Times 28th January 2016
Q I am replacing gutters and down-pipes at the front of my house, which faces onto a footpath. The existing down-pipes take a route involving two angles to a drain, or shore, on my property. To save money, it has been suggested that the down-pipes are simplified, and that they should discharge onto the footpath. Do…Read more
Attic Conversions – Exempted Development?
Lisa Murphy deals with this often confusing issue and outlines some recent planning decisions on the matter. In order to constitute Exempted Development and thereby negate the requirement to obtain Planning Permission for a development, Class 1, Part 1 of the Second Schedule of the Planning & Development Regulations, 2001, stipulates that any extension, alteration…Read more