• Sunday , 25 August 2019


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Welcome Note from the Editor Dr Sandra O’Connell

Dear Readers,
Welcome to the RIAI’s new magazine house+design – an invaluable sourcebook of inspiration and professional advice if you are thinking of building, extending or renovating. We showcase 14 of Ireland’s most stunning architect-designed houses and renovations – all with useful advice on how to maximise the potential of a home. Projects range
from small extensions with big impacts to beautifully restored period houses. We also feature great houses in great Irish landscape settings – from the hills to the coast – and visit a stylish loft conversion in New York city! All designed by talented Irish architects.

In addition to our architect-designed homes, you will find practical advice from registered architects on topics such as energy-efficiency measures in the home, working with an architect, and how to get the most out of your home. If you have a specific query, you can email us at info@riai.ie

Following 10 seasons as Ireland’s TV Architect, Dermot Bannon discusses if our ambitions for our homes have changed over the past decade and what we love about our homes. Dermot also reveals what inspired him to become an architect and where he continues to find ideas.

Making the most of your outdoor space is very important and we feature stunning gardens designs to suit different requirements – whether it’s a family garden or a small urban patch that can be turned into an outdoor pantry. Gardens can give us great pleasure and a visit to June Blake’s garden in County Wicklow, which also features award-winning restored buildings, is a must this summer. To help you source stylish and affordable furniture
and products for your home, we have compiled a comprehensive Design Locator. We also have sourced the best of Irish design, which is having huge success on the international design circuit, following Ireland’s Year of Design, ID2015.

house+design is a publication of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and we promote the value that architecture brings to society for everyone’s benefit. Among the many public initiatives the RIAI undertakes every year is our fundraiser for the Simon Communities of Ireland – the RIAI Simon Open Door. We are proud to announce that we have raised almost €100,000 this year – the highest annual amount to-date. A big ‘thank you’ to
everyone who signed up for a consultation with a registered architect, who all gave their time for free.

Last but not least we would also like to thank the home owners featured in this magazine – a great project is always down to a great client. We hope you will find enjoyment and inspiration in house+design!

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