Building in the Ecovillage

You can design your own home or choose from a number of designs drawn up by ecological architects. Some examples of these can be seen on the Houses page and Live Work Units pages on this website.  For more information or detailed drawings contact us on salesteam@thevillage.ie

Building Costs

The cost of house construction varies widely. The biggest determinant is the size of the house planned and the level of detail in the design. There are significant savings possible if one takes a project management role. If you are employing a builder to build your house from scratch, construction is getting much more affordable with the cost of timber frame construction, for example,  coming down a lot over the last couple of years.

A useful, if very general, guide is to expect anywhere from €800 per sqm for self-builders to €1,500 per sqm for some of the most expensive ‘turn key’ houses. These estimates are based on quotations received from a number of builders for some of the available house designs.

There are significant savings possible if one takes a project management role. If you are employing a builder to build your house from scratch, the cost of house building has come down a lot over the last couple of years.

As we have over 50 houses built we can now offer a lot of information on the costs of particular build types- call, visit or email us for more information.

Other Build Options

Cloughjordan Co-Housing

Cloughjordan Co-Housing is the Registered Business Name of a company belonging to several SPIL members. Their plans for a co-housing complex within the Ecovillage are still being developed, but if you’re interested, either in living there or investing in it, please contact Graham Lightfoot on 086 821 5111 or email graham@mendes.ie. You can also find more information about the company at www.mendes.ie.

Low Cost Build

We also encourage you to explore a low cost build with Dominic Stevens Architects, where you can build a house to his specifications for as little as €120,000 to €130,000 all-in.

Build a Low cost house with Dominic Stevens

Houses completed or under construction

  Certified passive house timber frame
  Durisol block, lime hemp render render
  Low-energy Austrian house
  32-bed Eco-hostel
  Low-energy timber frame, timber cladding
  Terrace of 3 houses, timber frame, lime & hemp internal and external
  Low-energy timber frame
  All cedar house, recycled newspaper insulation
  Timber frame, loose hemp insulation semi, clay hemp plaster
  Timber frame, loose hemp insulation semi, clay hemp plaster
  Durisol and lime hemp house, bakery attached
  Hemp crete house, eco-slate, local timber finishings
  Low-energy timber frame
  Hemp crete house
  Low-energy timber frame
  Scandavian passive house
  Timber frame, corrugated roof, lime & hemp render semi
  Timber frame, corrugated roof, lime & hemp render semi
  Hemp crete house
  All cedar house
  Durisol A-rated semi, eco-slate, lime & hemp render
  Durisol A-rated semi, eco-slate, lime & hemp render
  Timber frame, lime & hemp plaster, Irish cedar cladding
  Timber frame, cedar cladding, cellulose insulation, cob, seedum roof
  Durisol external wall, clay & hemp internal walls, lime & hemp render
  I-beam, recycled glass and lime plaster house
  Rammed earth and lime hemp house
  Timber frame with micro-reed bed grey water run-off
  Cob house, hand-applied & non-mechanical clay/straw mix, eco-slate
  Hemp-crete house with lime & hemp render, clay hemp internal plaster
  Timber frame, sheeps wool insulation, cedar clad house & work unit
  Timber frame, corrugated roof, cedar clad semi
  Rammed earth and lime hemp house
  Hemp crete semi
  Timber frame, lime & hemp external, clay & hemp internal, zinc dome
  Curved cob house
  Low-energy double frame timber house
  Eco-Enterprise Centre

Ecovillage home
Ecovillage home
Ecovillage terrace
Ecovillage terrace
Live/Work units in the ecovillage
Live/Work units in the ecovillage