9 Apr 07
We haven't self built but we are basically rebuilding the house room by room with modern materials (ie insulation!) and leaving the shell standing. Then we put everything back as best we can in the most original state possible. I looked up irish builders that do self build and ran across Kilbroney Timerframes. It looks pretty interesting. Have you seen their website? They say this about the envirmentally friendly aspect: "Timber frame manufacture is an environmentally-friendly process. All timber used by Kilbroney Homes in the manufacture of our houses is sourced from managed forests in Scandinavia." About insulation they have this blurb: "The insulation in a timber frame home is contained inside the inner leaf so no heat is lost in the block work, resulting in a damp-free, cosy and energy-efficient house. In addition, sound insulation is comparable to a traditional house." Coming from California where there is an abundance of timber framed homes I can attest to the truth of the insulating factor. The houses are built much better despite the climate being milder. This is what they say about the 'heat savings': "The superior insulation in a timber frame house translates into approximately 40% heat savings, meaning lower energy bills and improved comfort." Isn't the government also offering grants for people who are looking for ways to make their homes more energy efficient?
9 Apr 07
Thanks Seamonkey, My brother-in-law erects timber framed houses, So I know about the benefits or will know more when I interview him as I'm on a mission now, lol. Insulation is number one priority in what ever material we build in, or rebuild as you are doing, I'm sure you have got an idea how our planning laws :( work (badly), so planning will be a huge issue when we get the site.
• United States
31 Mar 07
I went and looked at your picture and I am assuming that is what you mean by self built. Those houses look amazing. I would love to see the inside. We live in the suburbs and could not have that here. It looks like something you could have in the country though. Of course with all the building codes here I don't see how they could pass muster. It is hard enough to get a manufactured or pre built home through. That being said, those houses remind me of the log houses we have here only made of grass and not wasting wood. I think it is a wonderful idea. Maybe the grass would self insulate them and keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Thanks for sharing this with ever one.
2 Apr 07
sorry about the spelling, only realised my mistake after I pressed post comment. The picture of the house I posted is a bit extreme to what we'd like to build, but I thought it was amazing (my partner didn't though) I would love something that was wind powered, well preferably water powered but don't want to live on the bank of a river due to the kids. Geothermal looks great but don't know much about it, and I don't know anyone who has installed it. I'd like a straw and mud house but that my be way over our budget. That's something else I have to look into.
• United States
11 Apr 07
My parents built their house, but that was in 1980 something.... it wasn't very eco friendly. didn't think many people knew about that stuff back then. or atleast they didn't. my whole family built it. but never really finished... like moldings and completed door ways and the 2nd bath only has a toilet! So if you get tired towards then end, i would say hire someone to finish it!!