What we do
We can work on large and small projects, including new build, one-off, commercial buildings, purposebuilt, restoration and structural repairs.
1st Choice Builders is owned and managed by Frank Farrell and has consistently grown and established itself as a well trusted, delivery orientated, high quality, and experienced firm.
Our reputation is second to none in the construction business. Our past experiences have included large and small projects, including new build, one-off, commercial buildings, restoration and structural repairs.
We have undertaken projects all over Ireland but generally focus on the Dublin, Kildare and Meath regions.
Our growing client list includes semi-state bodies, local authorities, small and large developers as well as the private sector.
We provide competitive prices for 1st Choice work.
We had an excellent experience working with 1st Choice Builders to convert our old offi ce building in to a 3 bedroom house. Because of the planning and location this was not a completely straight forward job but the team at 1st Choice Builders did not seem to have any problems with whatever we asked of them. We are very pleased with the end results and the house sold quickly in a diffi cult market - much of this being down to the quality of their work . The team were all very pleasant to work with, in particular Frankie who was our main point of contact. I work in the trade and would not hesitate to either recommend 1st Choice Builders or use them again on another project.
Susan - Lucan
When it's done right, open plan design can make a small space look bigger, make a large space brighter and optimise your workflow from kitchen to dining room. But every design is different. And optimising your open plan space needs careful consideration to get the best out of it. Here are a few things to bear in mind.
Form follows function
Even though the space is open, imagine that each sub-divided section is actually a room unto itself. While the idea is to achieve "flow" from one area to another, each zone – i.e. kitchen, dining room, living room etc. – still needs to function independently. Consider where one space ends and the next begins. First, think about functionality, then build the "interaction" between dining room and kitchen/living room etc. around that.
Divide and conquer
When dividing the spaces up, you can be clever about storage by using dual purpose room dividers. For example, triple-up the island in the kitchen as a casual dining area with a few stools, storage underneath and a preparation surface. Or, add shelving into the counter that divides the kitchen and dining area. When space is limited, it's important to think in multiple dimensions. A counter or surface can be more than just that. It can also cut down on clutter – particularly in a smaller area.
Light it up
Open plan design can be great for making the best of the natural light in the space. But the other side of that coin is, when lighter colours are used, it can feel a bit stark and empty. Accenting certain areas with slightly darker or more vibrant colours can offset this, making the space feel warmer and more exciting.
Part of the furniture
Furniture can serve more than one purpose, too. And the advantage of an open space plan is that, in many cases, you can use larger pieces of furniture to accentuate your design. In many cases, bigger pieces of furniture can help make the space feel less bare. Strategically placed furniture can act as secondary room dividers – like a couch that divides dining area from living room, for example.
Make a choice that counts
An open plan area is a blank canvas that you can truly make your own through smart design choices. It minimises clutter and adds value to your home. Open plan is generally a more sociable, family-friendly choice that creates a warmer, more inviting atmosphere and can bring out the personality in your space, no matter what your design choices may be.
1st Choice Builders has completed countless renovation projects over the last 20 years. We are the trusted local experts in open plan kitchen design and create bespoke spaces especially for you.
Imagine your life in the best space you can be, where you see your design of choice come to life right in front of you. From new builds to once-off renovations; roofing, plumbing, plastering, attic conversions, dream kitchens and more, we are the first choice that will make your building or renovation project as exciting as it can be.
If you feel like you need more space in your home – be it an extra bedroom, a legendary mancave, an office space or a playroom for the kids – an attic conversion is a great way to add an extra dimension, space and value.
Attics can, of course, feel a bit cramped. And it can be a challenge designing around beams and other utilitarian objects. So, making the right design choices is key to getting the best out of them. Here are a few tips to help make that conversion work for you.
What's in the way?
Depending on the style or era your home was designed in, there could be one of many configurations in your attic. The first thing you should look at is, what obstacles there are to the build. Beams, a chimney, a water tank – these can all get in the way of your build and you need to factor them into the design. In some cases, they can even accentuate the design – for example, if you're going for an industrial look.
What's in store?
Attic space is generally quite limited and horizontal storage is often the answer to working around that. If the attic is being converted into a bedroom, a bed with storage space underneath it can help optimise the space and minimise clutter. If the roof is sloped, build cupboards and storage space around it that match the angle, or simply get low-standing units that fit given the height limitations. Smart storage solutions should be designed around the space before you begin your build. That way, you can rest assured you'll be free of clutter from the start.
Use what you have
Surfaces – like unplastered brick walls or rustic wooden floors – are commonplace in attic spaces. So, rather than hide them, why not use them? Leaving a brick wall as is can add a touch of design flair to the area if you dress the room with the right accessories and furniture. Wooden floors can be painted or treated to achieve a semi-industrial or city loft effect. Existing windows can be used to maximise natural light, which, of course, can be limited in an attic space. Time and budget can be saved by making the best of existing surfaces and layout.
Imagine your home the way you like it
All it takes to get the best out of your attic conversion is a bit of imagination and planning. Begin by asking yourself exactly what you would like to get out of the space and work with your planners to bring it to life.
At 1st Choice Builders, imagination is where all of our projects begin. We ask all of our clients to start by imagining their space just the way they like it, and we take it from there. For the last two decades, we have been bringing imagination to life though attic conversions, new builds, kitchen renovations and design. Get in touch to see your imagination come to life.