This blog is partly a re-creation of our original house self-build blog from the now defunct Ebuild forum and also a means for me to present a commercial-free view of the process of self-building and some of the many challenges it presents.
First a word of caution, though. It is with great reluctance that I have to bring to the attention of anyone reading this blog, or looking at the images here, that an Irish Company, Viking House, is using some copyright images of our house build, some which are on this blog, for advertising purposes on at least two of their websites, together with false and misleading information about our build. We have never had any contractual arrangement with Viking House, or with the gentleman who runs it, Seamus O’Loughlin.
I would very strongly recommend that anyone thinking of doing business with Seamus O’Loughlin think carefully and do some proper background checks before doing so. We are heartily sick and tired of meeting, and hearing of, people who have been disappointed, misled or just confused by him. We are about to commence legal proceedings against him, for both copyright breach and misrepresentation. He has refused to remove images that are my copyright from his website and has also refused to correct the significant errors in his description of our house, errors that are a consequence of the fact that the house wasn’t built by him, his company, or any company that he controlled.
For clarity, I have granted a licence to use images to several of our suppliers, some of whom use them in their advertising material with our full consent.
Back to this blog. I started writing this a week or so after Ebuild went down. Given the susceptibility of forum-hosted blogs to disappear at very short notice if a forum goes down (as happened with Ebuild), I, and one or two other former Ebuild members, thought it sensible to have a record of our build that was under direct, personal control, and properly backed up locally in case something failed (this is backed up every night locally to a Raspberry Pi, that’s running a LAMP stack and WordPress, believe it or not!).
This is the only copy of this blog that is maintained and where comments will be replied to.
Feel free to comment, but please no commercial content or use of user names that are related to a commercial enterprise. I will only edit content that is either in breach of copyright, is unlawful or is, in my view, aimed at promoting someone’s own business interests, as this is a strictly not-for-profit, resource for self-builders.