House on Achill Island

This was a cold damp 1920's traditional Irish cottage and our client’s brief was to:

  • refurbish and extend to provide a 3 bedroom home with an open feel
  • maximise the light and the surrounding views
  • provide low maintenance hardwearing finishes
  • improve the thermal performance
  • do it on a low budget.

The design is a simple solution that responds to the local vernacular, connects to and frames the landscape.

The original cottage was retained, old extensions were demolished and a new extension was constructed to the side, cranked at an angle in response to the form of site. A local contractor from the island, who has an excellent reputation for quality, carried out the build. It later emerged that his father had built the original cottage.


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