The site is located in a rural area on the outskirts of Creeslough town. The surrounding countryside consists of small pockets of grass fields, interspersed with rocky outcrops and copses of native hazelnut and birch bushes. The site adjoins the public road and is elevated, it has a thick matting of heather and substantial copses of birch trees. There are excellent countryside views in most directions with the renowned Muckish ( “pigs back” ) mountain prominent.

The brief from the clients was to create a substantial family home suitable for the needs of modern day living, with an emphasis on maximising light, sun and views. A list of required accommodation was given, otherwise it was free reign in the design.


 A digital survey of the site was carried out, see below:

Design process:

Careful consideration was given to the elevated nature, rising levels, orientation of the site, views from it along with the existing mature birch planting. It was decided to retain as much of the mature birch planting as possible to ameliorate the impact of the new dwelling on the site. Inspiration for the design came from the vernacular architecture of the narrow plan simple 2 storey farmhouse appearance with attached outbuildings. A modern / contemporary twist was added with an emphasis on maximising glancing views of the surrounding countryside and Muckish mountain along with maximising passive solar gain. The main elements are of a simple pitched roof form, with clean simple detailing and finishes. A flat roof link element was incorporated to connect the two storey form to the single storey form finished in timber cladding. Accommodation consists of an open plan kitchen / dining / living space with adjoining playroom, utility, sitting rm, 2 no. bedrooms,shower room, study and small gym at ground floor level with 2 no bedrooms, bathroom, hotpress and a master bedroom suite at first floor level.

See planning drawings below: