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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