When Heather O’Malley and her husband Liam decided to build their own home just outside Newport in Co Mayo they, like all aspiring homeowners, had certain requirements: Liam wanted some rustic touches like an exposed brick wall, while Heather wanted a vaulted ceiling and lots of contemporary materials like concrete, wood and glass.
It’s a busy time in the garden — I’ve spent several long and enjoyable days pulling out weeds, deadheading, and planting up summer containers. We’ve had plenty of sunshine so I’ve been doing lots of watering too — mainly pots but also moisture lovers such as my tree ferns, astilbes and rodgersias. Midsummer is a hectic time of growth in the garden and it can be hard to keep on top of every job as well as taking time to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
At an apartment party in the buzzing centre of Tiflis, the capital of Georgia, couples are drinking, dancing and singing, fuelled by a potent punch of melon juice and brandy. The year is 1900. But one bookish youngster is pooping the party.
There are many ways to relive your misspent youth. One of them is collecting cinema posters. The original posters were a form of advertising, folded up with the film canisters and dispatched to cinemas to promote the latest releases. They were never intended to last, but a few were saved, framed and treasured.
You can’t do the outdoor dining thing without a decent tray. This one’s the Guatemala tray (37 cm wide). It’s made of willow wood with an exotic leafy-fruity design and is part of a wider collection of similarly patterned items. It costs €19.99 from littlewoodsireland.ie.
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern and Meryl Streep may have been the stars of the HBO hit Big Little Lies, but the show’s dramatic setting on the Monterey peninsula in central California also played a key role, with its rugged cliffs, crashing Pacific waves and Monterey pines serving as the backdrop.
‘Because well-designed furniture shouldn’t cost the earth.” So goes the sustainability slogan for MADE, a much-loved, UK-based affordable furniture brand that stopped delivering to the island of Ireland when Brexit custom processes came into place.
The new homes market was stymied this year by a three-month closure of non-essential construction during the third Covid-19 national lockdown. But the Cork commuter town of Carrigaline is now a hive of building activity. It’s home to one of the largest residential construction sites outside Dublin, with 300 homes built so far at the Janeville scheme and plans afoot for a further 700 properties at the development.
Our neighbours put a water feature in their back garden during the Covid lockdown. It’s a pond with a pump fountain. It has flooded on two occasions, both times leaking under the fence through to our garden. The first time they laughed it off; the second time they did apologise but didn’t offer to do anything even after I mentioned some of our patio tiles are now loose as a result. Can I legally ask them to switch it off or remove it? It may seem minor, but we are concerned it could leak further through to the house perhaps.
A The subject of this column might be boring to most of you: the specifics of legal professional standards for architects and surveyors working in Ireland. But if you intend building an extension or renovating a home in the near future, then reading it could save you tens of thousands of euros.
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