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About the House

Programme 3

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This week Duncan returns to Meenacross in Co. Donegal to see how architect Cathal Stephens and his wife Sarah have completed their retrofit and extension of a 19th century cottage. One of the highlights of last series, this project combines Cathal's modern design philosophy with the simple, rural aesthetic of this beautiful part of Donegal.

Not everyone has the money to create a passive house like the Stephens, often people want to make their houses cost less to run but have smaller budgets to work with. Duncan look at the pitfalls of the cheaper insulation option - drylining. He looks at different solutions that are out there for the average consumer.

For more information on the aspects of Cathal's house featured in this episode please contact:

Cathal Stephens, FRIAI, AIA, Architect,
Meenacross, Dungloe, Co. Donegal.
Tel:087 781 7624

Energy Consultant:
Patrick Daly, BESRaC,
Mullingar, Co. Westmeath
Tel: 044 9385 407

Wind Turbine: Massen Sustainable Energy,
Unit 1B Industrial Estatae,
Co Donegal
Tel: 074 956 2645

Main Contractor and Timber Frame Manufacturer:
Tithe an Earagail Teoranta (Errigal New Homes)
Derrybeg, Co. Donegal
Tel:074 956 0336

Stone Mason

Pat Harkin, Stone Mason
Gortahork, Co. Donegal
Tel: 087 232 8064

External Insulation System:
Greenspan Products Ltd.
Ballyhahill, Co. Limerick
Tel: 069 82222

Variotec GmbH & Co. KG
Nuernberg, Germany
Tel: +91 81 694626

For more information on the Sandymount renovation please contact: Mary Taylor
Taylored Design
43 Linden Grove
Co. Dublin
Tel: 01 2888635/086 1744493

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