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Programme 7

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Vet Extension - Wicklow

With Alan Rossiter's mother-in-law moving in to his house, space is getting really tight for Alan, his Dutch wife Anna and their four little boys. So something has to be done.

They are going to build an extension that is twice as big as their existing house and they are going to make it to passive standards. Despite being a vet with no previous building experience whatsoever, Alan strongly believes that there is way too much palaver about building a house to the highest possible energy standard. He has decided not to hire an architect for this ambitious project and has drawn up his plans himself using a CAD programme he downloaded. He is convinced that the process of building a passive house can be simplified and with the help of innovative passive designer, Seamus O'Loughlin, sets out to do exactly this.

But Duncan is very skeptical. He thinks that Alan has not thought his project out well enough and might find out that things are actually far from simple.

We follow Alan and Seamus as they embark on this difficult project. Will Duncan be proved right in the end?


Please note: None of the suppliers listed below have gone out of business. Unfortunately American Timber Frame (The builder on Alan and Anna's house) went bankrupt during filming. Neither Viking House of MBC Timberframe were involved in the bankruptcy. They are separate companies and are still in business.

House System Designer
Seamus O'Loughlin
Viking House
Donore Avenue
South Circular Road
Dublin 8
Mobile: +353 (0)87 655 8699
Phone: +353 (0)1 445 6246
Email: seamus@viking-house.ie
Website: www.viking-house.ie

Timber Frame
MBC Timberframe Ltd.
Cahir Business Park
Co. Tipperary
Phone: +353 (0)52 744 5090
Fax: +353 (0)52 744 5091
Email: info@mbctimberframe.ie
Website: www.mbctimberframe.ie

Quantity Surveyor
Anthony McGrath
Price to Build Ltd.
Lower Clonee
Phone: +353 (0)1 254 24 78 or +353 (0)21 234 01 96
Mobile: +353 (0)85 77 97 232
Skype: anthony.mcgrath-pricetobuild
Email: projects@pricetobuild.com
Website: www.pricetobuild.com

Second Builder
Hugh McDaid,
HMD Construction,
Callow Hill,
Co. Wicklow
Phone: +353 (0)1 281 9345

Brian Raftery
True Windows
7 Orchard Park
Finisklin Business Park
Co. Sligo
Phone: +353 (0)71 915 7895
Email: info@truewindows.ie
Website: www.truewindows.ie

Elite Bathrooms & Egan's Tiles
Egan Business Centre
Dargle Road
Co. Wicklow
Phone: +353 (0)1 204 2723
Email: info@elitebathrooms.ie
Website: www.elitebathrooms.ie

Interior Designer
Gwen Kenny
Divine Designs
Phone: +353 (0)1 457 6236
Mobile: +353 (0)87 679 4147
Email: gwen@divinedesign.ie
Website: www.divinedesign.ie

Self Build Magazine
Clive Corry
Self Build Magazine
119 Cahard Road
Co. Down
BT24 7LA
Phone: +353 (0)48 9751 0570
Fax: +353 (0)48 9751 0576
Email: info@selfbuild.ie
Website: www.selfbuild.ie

The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland
8 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Phone: +353 (0)1 676 1703
Fax: +353 (0)1 661 0948
Email: info@riai.ie
Website: www.riai.ie

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland
38 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Phone: +353 (0)1 644 5500
Email: info@scsi.ie
Website: www.scsi.ie

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