First post here so I hope I’m in the right area.
We are currently living in a small village in Meath that has few facilities and have decided we are going to build our own home. Because we live in a development plan area in a village we are not classed as rural and don’t have family or work ties to the land.
We have found a 1 acre site quite near a different village that has facilities i.e. shops, school etc.
The site has a derelict two storey house on it, and I’m wondering whether we should attempt to restore the house and add an extension (big extension) or should we demolish.
The critical points in order of importance to us are cost (build), cost (running), planning and preservation of old building.
I appreciate that, to many here, preservation or retention would be higher up the list but my first and foremost item is most house for least money.
Will applying for planning permission to demolish the house, it would be habitable with an expenditure of money, likely be accepted.
Typically are renovations as cost efficient as rebuilding utilising modern construction techniques i.e. timber frame or terracotta building blocks.
The sight is set back and is lined by trees so even a modern building wouldn’t “blight” the landscape and we have no intention of felling trees.