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‘Smart home’ technology can save money and even cut down on household chores

The sittingroom with wood-burning stove at An tÉalú, Athy Road, Stradbally, Co Laois.

An tÉalú in Stradbally has been completely refurbished, but retains its country charm

Number 11 Braemor Drive, Churchtown, Dublin 14  has been extensively renovated and is 121sq m

Ruth Griffin upgraded 11 Braemor Drive in 2014, and it has increased in value by 40%

Sea Glimpse, Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion

Light-filled dual aspect rooms augment this three-storey bungalow near Mt Anville

Number 66 Frankfort Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin 6

Divided into two flats, 66 Frankfort Avenue could provide income for an owner-occupier

64 Georgian Village, Castleknock, D15

Built in the 1970s, the large Dublin 15 houses have enduring appeal

126 Tritonville Road, Sandymount, D4

This tastefully upgraded, traditional family home is within kicking distance of the stadum

Bright and roomy semi-detached property for €1.4 million

Croftwell in Rathcoole

The third and final phase brings 14 four-bed semi-detached houses to market

126 Beach Road, Sandymout, D4, Property

Upgraded three-bed, 1930s-built property overlooks park and is close to the strand

Lansdowne Place penthouse open plan

Latest phase of units on site where bankrupt developer Seán Dunne had planned 37-storey tower

The first phase of Clay Farm will comprise 163 houses and 262 apartments

Laura Caffrey and Clare Grennan of the Irish Design Shop, Dublin.

Rising rents are penalising indie shopkeepers who add long-term value to their streets

Castlechurch, Newcastle, Co Dublin

First phase of 70 A-rated homes in Newcastle village

Stoneleigh, Naas, Co Kildare

Attention to detail means the flow and layout in each house feels intuitive

Prices for houses in the O’Flynn Group’s Killiney scheme start from €635,000 for a two-storey, three-bed semi of 103sq m/1,114sq ft. Photograph: Peter Moloney/PM Photography

First 10 of 28 houses completed in Co Dublin scheme where prices run to €990,000

Terenure Gate, Terenure Road West, D6

Second phase of development includes wide range of homes from €440,000 to €895,000

Scholarstown Wood, Dublin 16, Phase 3, New Homes

Thirty new homes in south Dublin launch with prices from €445,000

Open-plan living area in Ringsend house

From Dublin to Prague, Tel Aviv to Moscow, smart storage is the secret to living small

14 The Close, Mount Merrion

Four-bed semi on a cedar-lined cul-de-sac in an ideal location has plenty of positives

No 3 Thornhill Road has a gorgeous 26m garden and space to the side for an extension

Roseville, 74 Clonliffe Road, D3, property

Roseville, an elegant Victorian property with five bedrooms, would suit a young family

This 1970s property, set well back from the road, has mid-century styling throughout

Four-bed detached property offers plenty of space for smart architectural design

A Søstrene Grene outlet in the Netherlands: the 44-year-old company has 157 shops worldwide.

Opening of Limerick shop brings to six outlets Scandi chain’s joint venture in Republic

Brooklyn, Dolphin Avenue

A detached four-bed on Dolphin Ave comes with garage, side garden and extra workspace

Gerry Gannon to build 136 mainly three-bed units in the popular maritime village

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Home for the holidays: Co Louth gem with mythic past and beautiful views has lots to offer

Two to see this weekend - a D12 semi with a huge garden and a revamped Killiney home

This 67.8 sq m two-bed Victorian – charming but chaotic – needs a complete overhaul

Rossnowlagh Strand

The tiny Donegal village on the Wild Atlantic Way is a haven for families and surfers

Croke Park practically in the back yard of this three-bed

This extended, modernised cottage in Artane has a designer heart

21 Newbridge Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4

The three-bed 1860s house – for sale for €950,000 – is on a street that starred in 'Ulysses'

The stretch of beach in Lahinch is 2km wide and in the heart of the town.

Golf and surfing ensure the Co Clare seaside town attracts visitors from all over the world

Roundstone from the harbour. The Galway village comes alive during the summer.

Join the Dublin 4 holiday home crowd in Sting’s one-time stomping ground

Ballydoole, a country house set on 20 acres near Limerick, dates from the late 1990s

A double-fronted Georgian near the Luas line with an asking price of €850,000

Double-fronted house dating from about 1830 is up-to-date, with first-class fittings

Portable garden options: tulips growing in galvanised steel dustbins.

In a time of renting and mobility, why not tend your plants in transportable vessels?

Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart at home in London

The florist who has been working on Kildare Village prefers dogs to things

Holidaymakers enjoying the summer sun on the beach at Brittas Bay, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Eric Luke

A home for the holdidays with an easy commute to Dublin

Kenzo on his terrace overlooking the rooftops of Paris, with a selection of cushions he designed for Roche Bobois. Photograph: Eric Matheron-Balay

Designer has moved into an apartment and filled it with his trademark exuberant colours

Recycling plastic and paper

With rising bin charges becoming a reality, there are smart ways to minimise costs

Long Roche Developments have honed their skills flipping well-located houses

A view of Dingle from the water.

A summer series on holiday destinations

The  Profile sofa, a design by Roche Bobois,  has been upholstered in a deep pile Cabaret velvet by Jean Paul Gaultier. Photograph: Emily Quinn

Carol-Anne Leyden’s Ranelagh house has colourful classics against neutral walls

Kitchen and dining room at Killart

13 three-storey, four-bed properties still for sale in Killart scheme near Cabinteely Park

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House Proud: Colours so bright you need sunglasses

88 Lower Churchtown Road, Dublin 14: double-fronted redbrick property with four bedrooms.

88 Lower Churchtown Road is a spacious and bright four-bed in need of upgrading

Number 46 Iona Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9: a large house in need of complete modernisation.

Number 46 Iona Road has been empty a decade, but has all period features intact

Rosslare Strand: known locally as “the real Rosslare”, during the summer months the village increases from a population of about 1,500 to 17,000

A summer series on holiday home destinations begins in the sunny southeast

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House Proud: Colours so bright you need sunglasses

Extended villa-style redbrick with a light-filled sittingroom to the front

White Lodge, Delgany, Co Wicklow

Set on 1.6 acres, this detached property has plenty of space for growing families

Playground Global’s privacy booths allow teams discuss sensitive or confidential matters.

Top 1000: Companies are increasingly looking to forego hipster affectations in favour of a boutique hotel look

This low-set look epitomises the boho chic of party island Ibiza. For inspiration head to Home Sense (homesense.com)

Globetrot around the world’s hottest holiday spots to find out

The entrance at 2 Eden Road Lower in Glasthule is hidden from view from the road by a fuschia hedge.

Extended cottage in south Dublin enclave offers contemporary twists on rustic living

Portuguese stoneware from Murmur

House Proud: Stoneware, table linen and picnic blankets to make it cosy outside

12 Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion

Ideal family home in Mount Merrion for sale for €1.75million through Lisney

While the edges of the chair's laminate remain black, you can choose from five weatherproof colours

House Proud: From herring shaped cushions to shark shaped storage

17 Anna Villa, Ranealgh

Living room is square shaped with polished floorboards and a fine marble fireplace

11 Bath Street, Irishtown, Dublin

Two three-bed refurbished houses on Bath Street for sale at €640,000 each

West Elm set

Best in Class: Tickled pink

9 Seafield Crescent, Booterstown,

Modest exterior of bungalow opens into a large family home

23 Frankfort Avenue, Rathgar

Four years and a major makeover later Dublin 6 home is for sale for €1.195m

Airpark Square,  Stocking Lane, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 is a development of 23 three-, four- and five-bedroom houses starting at €420,000 through agents DNG

The final phase of Airpark Square in Rathfarnham, Dublin 16 is near completion

Wireless Canon TS8052 multifunction printer, €209.90

House Proud: From action cameras to barbecues, here are home comforts for dads

First phase of Corrybeg Way for sale comprises eight detached four-bed family homes

Subway tiles are out, but turn them on their side and it’s a whole new look with Bricolette by Tonalite, a range of Italian-made ceramic tiles.

Kitchen makeovers are expensive so clue yourself into the lastest design trends

A modest-seeming bungalow, Lindisfarne has space for animals – and three new houses

Number 18 Springfield Road in Templeogue, Dublin, extends to 180sq m and has as asking price of €795,000.

Spacious four-bedroom semidetached house in cul-de-sac setting is ready to move into

The plant’s saucy association have been dismissed by gardening experts

Suburban shrub a supposed sex signal but experts say it’s simply gone out of style

3 Braghan, Baltray, Co Louth

It has a top-of-the-range Scavolini kitchen and open countryside views

Sam McGowan and her partner Jamie Walker found their Arranmore home on eBay

They bought the house for ‘between €50,000 and €100,000’

Leonie Cornelius

Here are the gardening names who can help you achieve that natural look

9 Edward Square, off Donnybrook’s Morehampton Road. Photograph: Peter Moloney, PM Photography

Number 9 Edward Square is a five-bed just off Morehampton Road for €2.95m

In Ashbourne, Churchfields by Cairn Homes will comprise 300 homes when complete. Selling agent Hooke & MacDonald launches phase two on Saturday

Many housebuyers priced out of the Dublin market are coming here in search of value

Ashbourne , Co Meath

Meath attracts buyers priced out of Dublin but stock and broadband remain issues

148 The Glen, Alderbrook, Ashbourne, Co Meath

There’s also good value to be found in Co Louth

NASA fought to keep dust bought for $995 that was sample collected from Sea of Tranquillity

The property’s original features such as fireplaces, floorboards and coving are all intact

Number 2 on the same street sold for €414,000 in September 2013

Live/Work space in Berlin

As housbuilding gathers pace, fresh ideas are emerging. Here’s our pick of the best design trends

Homes in Churchtown, Dublin 14, are unusual in that there is no developer involved

Neptune House 1

After years of planning stalls at historic Blackrock site, properties appear to be worth wait

Arne Jaacobsen chairs

A planter from shipping pallets; Zelouf&Bell in Kilkenny and good buys in classic chairs

No 66 Brighton Rd has been rewired, re-plumbed, reconfigured and re-roofed

The owner has returned the house to a functioning family home, tastefully painted in rich creams and furnished in a classical styl(...)

592 Woodview Cottages Rathfarnham D16 DNG

Stunning two-bedroom property adjacent to Dodder Valley Park asking €425,000

Lonsdale: 726-728 Howth Road,  Blackbanks, Raheny. Lonsdale, at 726-728 Howth Road sold out completely by 6pm

Ten-year project comes to fruition via infill development of four- and five-bed homes

Grace Park Wood is an attractive development of 53 three-, four- and five-bed homes close to Drumcondra Castle.

Grace Park Wood features three- to five-bed family homes in great suburban setting

The living space is open-plan, comprising kitchen, dining and lounge areas, with an additional interior study space offering a separate workstation

Hanover Lofts in D2 is a development of 15 one-beds and two-beds starting at €415,000

Holsteiner in Clonee, Dublin 15: The large A-rated detached homes have been inspired by the Georgian era, and the development is named after a breed of horse

Holsteiner in Clonee, D15, has 21 upscale detached 4- and 5-beds starting at €770,000

New Brambledown development comprises 11 four-bed houses that start from 200sq m

Home of the year: winning blend of old and the new in Co Clare

Judges stunned by Swiss take on a traditional Irish cottage

The lure of Wicklow: autumn scene by the Vartry river. Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

On Dublin’s doorstep, Co Wicklow offers the prospective home owner many advantages

Gorseland, Coynes Cross, Ashford, Co Wicklow

From ivy-clad to corrugated-roofed via a bungalow, the choice is yours

Prints, light, and furniture to soften the spring chill

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