“I spent 16 years building a paradise home before I sold it for a profit of £230,000.”

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Father-of-two Aidan Daly, 42, spent his free time building a “paradise” bungalow on his father’s farm in Kells, County Meath, Ireland before selling the property for £400,000 last year

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A man spent 16 years building an idyllic country bungalow on his father’s field before selling it for a profit of £230,000.

Aidan Daly, 42, carried out the construction work in his spare time and spent £170,000 on building materials, fittings and other expenses.

His wife and father also helped transform the site in Kells, County Meath, Ireland from an oat field into a magnificent home.

He began the project in 2002 and eventually completed the landscaping in 2018, selling the property for £400,000 last year.

Aidan told The Mirror: “People have said it was absolute paradise. I enjoyed every minute of building.

“It was something I built from scratch. I would recommend everyone to build their own house. I more than doubled my money.







Aidan Daly built the house from scratch over a period of 16 years
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“You can also make your own decisions about the house, if you don’t like a wall you can just move it. We repainted one of the rooms three times in one week.

“It’s very rewarding if you’re brave enough. But it’s gotten more expensive since I’ve done it because material prices have gone through the roof in the last two years.”

Aidan began work on the three-quarter-acre property in December 2002.







He built the idyllic country bungalow in his father’s field
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He said: “There was grain in the field then, it was an oat field. It was my parents’ land, so the property was vacant.”

His first step was to erect a concrete slab foundation before erecting the walls and putting on the roof.

The rafters were erected in March 2003 and he tiled the roof over the summer.







The property was an oat field before Aidan turned it into his home
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Aidan’s father Michael, 72, had taught him roofing in his early teens and he was working as a self-employed roofer at the time, so the job went smoothly.

He also installed windows, wiring and plumbing – skills he’d picked up on construction sites over the years.

“It turns out it’s not all that complicated. Installation was easy. With electrical, I had to get certified by the regulator,” he said.







The entire project lasted 16 years
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“It’s even easier to have YouTube videos now, some of which I could have used back then.”

However, Aidan did not dare plaster the property himself, so in 2004 he enlisted outside help.

Then he painted the house and moved in at the end of the year.







Within four months, Aidan had laid the foundation and erected the walls of the property
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Aidan added: “I thought I was done. Then I met my wife-to-be (Fiona) and she thought the finishes could be improved, so the following year we redecorated the house room by room.

“I also built a garage in 2005 to store my parents’ belongings when they moved.

“Then in 2010 we did the top floor of the house. I had a man cave in the attic but Fiona thought it had more potential.







The house was described as “paradise absolute” and sold for £400,000
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“We made a master bedroom up there and had a window put in that overlooks the lawn.

“We also included a walk-in closet/dressing room and two en-suite bathrooms.

“Fiona did a lot of the design and most of the painting and shopping. I did the practical stuff like paneling, flooring, baseboards, tiling and plumbing.







Aidan bent construction fabric into an arch to create a cozy hideaway in the garden
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“We did the work piece by piece and in 2013 it was finished.”

Although the house was finished, Aidan and Fiona, 38, who works as an elementary school principal, still hadn’t finished the landscaping outside.

They started gardening in 2007.

Aidan, who now runs his own business, Woodbury Custom Homes & Carpentry, said: “We created a decking area for an outdoor kitchen and covered it over. There was a grill and a TV.







The total cost of the project was around £200,000
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“We also made a path to a fire pit and circular seating area. We planted all these shrubs and tall grasses around the paths.

“We had a latticework on the patio and we bent it to form an arch. We then placed two hanging chairs, climbing plants and fairy lights around it.”

In 2018, the couple finally completed the landscaping and decided to put the property on the market the following year.







The house also has an outdoor kitchen with barbecue and TV
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When Covid 2020 hit, they feared it would thwart their plans – and their first potential buyer was thwarted by the pandemic.

Father-of-two Aidan said: “We received an offer in March 2020 just before lockdown. But the bank turned her down for a mortgage because of the Covid uncertainty.”

The couple were initially disappointed but were soon inundated with viewing bookings.







Many people viewed the property as they escaped to the countryside during the pandemic
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“A lot of people wanted to get out of Dublin and into the country, we had a lot of sightseeing over the summer,” added Aidan.

They sold their home in August for the asking price of £400,000.

The couple used the money to pay off the mortgage on their new home, which they bought in 2019.

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