This dwelling is set within family owned lands which were part of the old farm. After carrying out solar analysis, family considerations, prevailing winds / rain, site integration with beautiful existing mature trees and acknowledgement of nearby traditionally built structures which influenced the design strategy somewhat.
The dwelling is designed to look like a single storey composition but allows for study / bedrooms at first floor floor level when required. And the selection of materials, painted plaster, masonry stone and natural slate which are all visible in the immediate vicinity.
The garage staggers the massing towards the northern side and minimises overlooking of the private rear garden are from the elevated road to the north. Protection from prevailing south westerly winds and driven rain is provided by screen wall between the garage and the north side of the house.
The internal ground floor accommodation enables the clients neighbouring parents to join them in house as health issues suggested it would become necessary. As such level access front and back entry was even more important, though we design for full life cycle in all works. Two large bedrooms face northeast to road with major living spaces availing of passive solar gain looking towards the large open field of sheep to rear. Two living areas to rear allow for both our clients and clients parents to co-exist with the ability for privacy
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Unit 9A Howley Square, Main Street, Oranmore, Co. Galway