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Insulating your house will make a huge difference when it comes to keeping your home cosy

The clocks have been turned back and there’s no denying that it’s officially wintertime. At this stage most of us will have turned the heating on and (...)

Carefully pick up the  bat (if you dare!), put it in a shoe box, and find a dark, safe spot in a bush or tree where it can continue sleeping.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It’s nearing that time of year when houses up and down the country will be flooded with bats – of the novelty variety, as our winged friends go hand-i(...)

Neil Kelders: “If I could give any advice I would say that the most important thing to do is talk – I know it took me over 21 years, but trust me, talk.” Photograph: City Headshots Dublin

Up to 300,000 people experience depression in Ireland – and it’s most common in women, affecting one in four compared to one in 10 men. However, this (...)

Heaven and hell: the balcony of our first apartment overlooked a building site; our second apartment had the views we thought we’d booked in the first place

My family and I were looking forward to our holiday in a self-catering apartment overlooking the sea in a small Spanish town. The photographs looked i(...)

Francis Nesbitt with his goats at Croan House, Co Kilkenny.

Fifteen years ago Francis Nesbitt had a career in IT and lived in the heart of Dublin. But he always hankered after a big old house in the countryside(...)

A paved driveway is harder to lay and more expensive, but very popular

Whether it’s a tree-lined gravel avenue, a stylish paved courtyard or a functional tarmacadam entrance, choosing the right driveway for your home can (...)

‘You could also replace your light fittings with low-energy LED bulbs which are long lasting, use very little energy and are available in lots of different fittings to suit every application.’

There’s a lot more to selling or renting a property than simply doing a spring clean and putting it on the market; letting potential buyers know how e(...)

Sparkling windows, fresh colours and more floor space will lift the mood of a room. Photograph: Getty

It is probably safe to say that most of us have had our fill of winter. Sure, we enjoyed the novelty of building snowmen and hunkering down in front o(...)

Architect Darragh Breathnach in the upside down house he designed in Booterstown for clients who wanted to enjoy the sea view

Not many people would relish the thought of their home being turned upside down, but when architect Darragh Breathnach came up with the idea of doing (...)

Architect Dermot Bannon  at home in Drumcondra,  Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Dermot Bannon, architect and TV presenter “We need an extra bedroom and I am determined to get one by the end of the year. I don’t know how it will b(...)

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