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Why the one-off house just got a whole lot trickier

Jim O'Brien


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With skyrocketing inflation in building materials there is a danger that unfinished one-off houses may come to serve as scary reminders of the inflationary times we are now living through. Photo: Deposit Images

With skyrocketing inflation in building materials there is a danger that unfinished one-off houses may come to serve as scary reminders of the inflationary times we are now living through. Photo: Deposit Images

With skyrocketing inflation in building materials there is a danger that unfinished one-off houses may come to serve as scary reminders of the inflationary times we are now living through. Photo: Deposit Images

Like a bad memory, the ‘ghost estates’ still cause us to shudder. Their gaping doorways, rusting scaffolding, abandoned cement mixers and the odd high-vis jacket flapping in the breeze stood like ghoulish reminders of the hubris of the Celtic Tiger era.

In those years the motto was — if it’s available, get it and when you get it, flaunt it. For too many people what was needed didn’t matter; what they wanted was paramount.


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