Patricia Power is the no-nonsense quantity surveyor who made her name on the RTÉ show Room To Improve, the ying to presenter Dermot Bannon’s yang. S(...)

The ‘Irish Times’ Home & Design Theatre at the Ideal Home Show.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27th 1pm: Introduction to The Irish Times Home & Design Theatre followed by The quantity surveyor versus the architect : head-to-(...)

Two simple forms, side by side making one new singular home, bedded in the landscape

Dormer bungalows. This house type has been the scourge of many a pretty hilltop setting, from Donegal to Kerry, scattered aimlessly across the Irish l(...)

The new layout of the internal spaces is as authentic as possible. They are clear and simple volumes in the 18th century tradition, without corridors and keeping subdivision to a minimum

Like most creative industries, architects talk relentlessly about the brief. This outlines the basic list of accommodation, spaces, goals, aspirations(...)

Before and after: an almost miraculous transformation.

The beauty of this transformation lies in its simple approach to work with an old existing building and to give it just enough of what is needed to pr(...)

Interior designer Suzie McAdam will give a talk on ‘Reviving, redecorating and respecting period homes’.

Friday, April 21st 1pm:  “Reviving, redecorating and respecting period homes” with interior designer Suzie McAdam. McAdam, whose body of work in(...)

Declan O’Donnell: between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday he will meet customers and answer design-related queries at the Design Fair at Beacon South Quarter.

Signs on the economic recovery when the annual autumn Design Fair at Beacon South Quarter in Dublin’s Sandyford Estate has been extended from the usua(...)

George Clinton: coming to a Beatyard near you

The Beatyard festival in Dun Laoghaire has just released its stage times and site map for this weekend’s festival, which takes over the former ferry (...)

Architect Declan O’Donnell in his apartment in Dublin. Photographs: Aidan Crawley

Architect Declan O’Donnell is creative director and founding partner of ODKM architects. He almost pursued a career in music before switching to desi(...)

Declan O’Donnell was one of the judges on  RTÉ’s recent ‘Home of the Year’ series

We all know the next best thing to painting a masterpiece, cooking a gourmet dish or writing a classic is buying a book that tells you how, and prompt(...)