Removing the Cement Render

Taking off the cement render started as soon as we got the keys to our thatched cottage back in early 2013. There was a total feeling of urgency and as the works proceeded the feeling transformed into relief and being able to breath again.
The porch was made of solid cement presumably constructed in the 1950s. It took the 2 men three days to remove with the large street kango – the mix was almost pure cement! Finally we were ready to start with the real refurbishment works.
The last 3 photos are from the late 1970s when the cottage was rethatched and the render removed and put back again with new cement render and straight lines 😞.
Luckily now there is a growing awareness and understanding that cement not only suffocates these stone buildings but also is structurally damaging for them and makes them cold. More and more people are doing great work freeing these buildings from their cement straight-jackets!


Now offering DESIGN CLINICS ONLINE due to Covid 19. We have already completed 3 so far successfully. At a 10% discount from the usual price please call us to book an appointment. 


RIAI Simon Open Door 2019

In collaboration with Steeples Café in Nenagh we are taking part in the annual charity event RIAI Simon Open Door 2019. On the Saturday 18th May 2019 in the meeting room above Steeples Café, Architects Patti O’Neill MRIAI and Don O’Neill MRIAI are offering 1 hour consultations for €95. We hope to make over €1000 for the Simon Community. Please help us reach our goal and book a consultation. There are only 5 slots left!

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Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living May 2019 – Healthy Flowing Homes

We are delighted to celebrate being in business for the last 10 years and to continue serving our clients. We are also delighted with the recognition our practice has received during that time which now totals 21 accolades. The most recent in this months edition of Ireland’s Homes Interiors & Living featuring our Healthy Flowing Homes project in Limerick with photographs by Philip Lauterbach. Others range from further publications in popular interior magazines, professional journals, newspapers, television features such as ‘Home of the Year’ and ‘About the House’, and RIAI Awards 2011 Best Emerging Practice: Highly Commended. With our continual positive client feedback and recognition we feel O’Neill Architecture is on the right track.


HEALTHY FLOWING HOMES Image Interiors & Living Online Magazine December 2018

Our building project Limerick Cottage Renovation has just been published in Image Interiors & Living Online Magazine with photographs by Philip Lauterbach. Great article by Lauren Heskin describing our new Healthy Flowing Homes approach to design where the users experience takes top priority.  We are particularly happy to hear from the editor that it was one of the most popular pieces on the site in the first week of its exposure. This supports our belief that there is a general appetite and wish to improve our lives through our homes.

click here to view full article in Image Interiors Online Magazine

Image Interiors & Living Magazine May-June 2018 – cottage industry

Our building project Thatched Cottage Renovation was included in the article ‘cottage industry’ in this years summer edition of Image Interiors & Living Magazine with photographs by Philip Lauterbach styled by Penny Crawford-Collins. Although the article was only half a page Nathalie Marquez Courtney managed to capture the full spirit of the renovation journey – well done. 

Make The Home You Love

The O’Brien Press has just released the book ‘MAKE THE HOME YOU LOVE’. Congratulations to Fiona McPhillips, Colm Doyle, Lisa McVeigh and John Flood on a great book and on their marvelous achievement of addressing all those difficult questions when faced with creating and building your home. Again we are thrilled to see included as a case study our building project Thatched Cottage Renovation on pages 144 through to 148 with photographs by Philip Lauterbach styled by Penny Crawford-Collins. This publication shows clearly the journey with before and after photos and layouts. In the chapter 9 Outdoors, page 185, another project of ours the Cottage Restoration, Limerick click here to view is used as an example for garden and planting inspiration.

Make the Home you Love The O’Brien Press Ltd. website

Make the Home you Love website

Ireland’s Home Interiors & Living April 2018 – Building on the Past

We are delighted to see our building project Thatched Cottage Renovation in this months Ireland’s Home Interiors & Living Magazine with photographs by Philip Lauterbach styled and text written by Penny Crawford-Collins. We particularly like the generous layout of the photos, some of them spread over two pages allowing you to look closely and find lots more detail.

Design Clinics for Internal Adjustments

In the second part of the Design Clinic case studies series we are showing an example that describes how changing the internal arrangement of the house can have a dramatic effect. Whilst originally the clients expected that only an extension could resolve the poor use of their space, the outcome of the Design Clinic provided a solution which addressed all their functional requirements and opened the spaces up to more sunlight and views. And of course these solutions are more cost effective than having to build an extension.

“How can we make the house work for us? Should we downsize? We all have blind spots yet we had a notion of what we wanted. When you embark on a building project it evolves, you allow time for it to digest and then change. Our two Design Clinics with Patti illuminated the blind spots and in the new layout we use all the spaces.
We have great satisfaction of how Patti maximises the use of the sun from early in the morning till late in the evening, which saves on our fuel bills and is good for the environment. Mostly, however, there is a sense of well being from living in a house where the sun is going through all day. We would never had envisioned the home that we have without Patti’s professional advice. Overall we found the service superb.” Peter & Dorothy