‘If the moisture is entrapped then it will be necessary to expose the inner parts of the wall’

My house is 102 years-old, has two storeys and a basement. In 2009 I reroofed it, and plastered the gable wall. Unfortunately, it was plastered with (...)

It is very difficult to soundproof an existing wall particularly around floors, ceilings and adjoining partitions

We bought a terraced house in a development built in 2006 and it turns out the walls are paper thin. We can hear the neighbours talking to each other (...)

Upward trend in tender prices set to continue with a rise of 3.6 per cent predicted for the next six months.

Construction tender prices increased by 2.6 per cent in the first half of 2017, according to the latest figures published by the Society of Chartered (...)

Q We’ve found a house to buy. It’s been on the market for a while and we thought that no one else was interested. Now the estate agent says there are (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “High taxes on the middle classes are a barrier to opportunity and to work.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The great and the good in Fine Gael gathered in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, this week for the party’s annual think-in, where Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Min(...)

Such works would generally be to improve the amenity of an area or improve business or tourism potential.

There’s work going on at the end of our street, and we’ve just been told it’s for a public toilet. This is news to everyone on the road. Is there anyt(...)

The current housing crisis is likely to continue for just shy of a decade, the SCSI has warned. Photograph: iStock

Only by 2026 will Ireland meet the demand of 35,000 homes required to satisfy the housing market, a professional construction body has said. The Soci(...)

From left: Team Hooke & McDonald’s Conor Steen, David Cantwell, Vonny Kelly and Maeve Cantwell; The Irish Times’ team members Fiona Flood, Kate Cafferky, Lincoln Nelson and Martin Murphy. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

The hotly-contested annual showdown among estate agents and property industry players took place in Donnybrook Lawn Tennis Club last week. Now in its (...)

Many houses have lanes to the rear.

In our area there are lots of streets that have little lanes running at the back of the houses, many of them are narrow, and not really suitable as dr(...)

Attic insulation. Photograph: Thinkstock

What is the best insulation for a 19th-century house? We have bought an old redbrick which needs a lot of renovation. We want to insulate it completel(...)