House Visit: Ennistymon
This striking contemporary take on the traditional Irish cottage is set among the rolling, undulating hills of Ennistymon, Co. Clare. The architect Michael Kelly, was approached by his friends, Maire and Kevin, to create a house that would be appropriate to the landscape, and which was also appropriate to the needs of a young family with three children.
The farmhouse was originally part of a 19th Century farmyard cluster, that had been very unsympathetically extended towards the middle of the 20th century. When the Nunan's moved in, it was in poor condition. Michael suggested that they strip the cottage back to its original size removing the badly thought out extensions that had been added over the years, and add a NEW double storey house to the rear, with an adjoining corridor between the two. It was a risk but the Nunan's decided to be thake the risk and it most certainly paid off in the end.
The original features of the old cottage were restored as faithfully as possible including old style wooden sash windows and lime render finish. But the most striking feature over all is the barrel roof on the new house, that takes its inspiration from the metal roofs of Irish barns dotted around the country.
Angie joins both the family and the architect and gets their perspectives on this RIAI award winning Irish cottage.
For Architectural information contact:
Tel: 01 4966901
Mobile: 087 6697722
Revisit: The Fethards
This week, our first visit is to Fethard, Co Tipperary. We're returning to old friends, Winnie Ryan and Alfie Moran, whose story we followed back in 2004. Winnie and Alphie bought this beautiful stone cottage in Fethard, when they got married in 1998. They always knew that they would have to extend as their family began to get bigger. So, they set about doubling the size of the cottage, while hoping to retain the character and rustic charm of the place. The new extension involved breaking through the gable wall and adding a dining room/sun room, 4 bedrooms, a bathroom and an ensuite. Unfortunately, work was quite delayed and on Duncan's last visit, back in 2004 the house was far from fully finished. So, we are back to see how things finally turned out.
Onsite: Tempelogue Extension Visit 2
This is our second visit to Gerard and Aoife O'Brien while they continue to build the extension to their South Dublin semi detached home, and a lot has been happening since we last visited them.
Structural engineer, Elaine Dillon talks to Duncan about what structural work is in underway to make the extension a reality. Duncan also talks to Gerald O'Donoghue of Ignius about the solar panels and the type of heating system that the O'Brien's will be installing. And, Gerard and Aoife take Duncan through the house to show him how work has progressed so far.....
For information on structural engineering:
J. B. Barry & Partners
32 Dartry Road,
Phone: 01 497 5716
For information on Insulation
U Value Insulation
Tel: 01 8365299
For information on Acoustic insulation and Breathable Roofing Underlay
Niall Crosson, Ecological building systems, Athboy, Co. Meath
Tel: 087 4103115