Farm House in Duleek, Co. Meath

Area : 230 sqm
Status : design stage

The overall design is intended as a mixture of tradition and modern vernacular. The design proposes to maintain and refurbish the existing structure and provide new side extensions which will frame the original cottage and blend in with the topography of the area. The area of the existing derelict structure is 43.8 m² ( i.e. circa 470 square feet )
and the area of the proposed farm house will be 230.8 m² ( circa. 2,200 square feet ).

The new volumes similar in scale are set out in an elongated rectangular plan on a
north-south axis which link with the existing building.

The open plan allows kitchen and living areas to extend across the entire width of the building providing visual contact with the road and surrounding countryside. The bedrooms and window seated link areas have intimate views into courtyards or framed views of the landscape and existing farm buildings.

Externally the new extended volumes have retained the plain shape of the cottage by adopting the same section format whilst providing a contemporary twist through the provision of roof voids and courtyard spaces, which serve as light wells.

The dark grey fibre cement slates / panels and smooth white rendered walls will contrast vividly with the original stone cottage while providing a sympathetic solution to its historic template.