Offaly couple give old farm cottage new lease of life with incredible renovation

Elizabeth and her partner, David Rourke, who works as a carpenter and part-time builder, moved into the house in March 2019, but didn’t really “settle in” until March 2020 when the pandemic forced Elizabeth home all day from Dublin, where she was 4 / Lived 5 days a week

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Nutrition and behavioral scientist Elizabeth Finnegan shares the stunning renovation of an Offaly farmhouse through the @thebooleyhouse account.

Elizabeth and her partner, David Rourke, who works as a carpenter and part-time builder, moved into the house in March 2019, but didn’t really “settle in” until March 2020 when the pandemic forced Elizabeth home all day from Dublin, where she was 4 / Lived 5 days a week.

She told RSVP Live, “It was the best thing that has ever happened to me, still, coming and going between two houses, living on suitcases and not really ‘unwinding’ at all”.

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David inherited the quaint farmhouse from his grandmother Bridie after she passed away in 2015.

Elizabeth said: “We were only together for 5 years at that time and although we knew that one day we would build on site, we were happy about the opportunity and above all the responsibility to give his family farm a new life”.

The coupé broke ground in July 2016 and slowly renovated and converted its “first and everlasting home” into the 3,000 m² house with 3 bedrooms and four bathrooms that it is today.

“We went the direct way to work in order to save as much as possible in order to build our dream home. David did all the earthworks, demolitions, foundations, roofing, first and second repairs himself – the only trades were block layers, plasterers, electricians, plumbers and tilers. “

Check out the photo story below in her stunning home

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