Frank Clinton's home by Ghislain Luthers

Architect Dominic Stevens gives tours of the Mimetic house

Children's Mud workshop - creating homes and buildings from Leitrim mud!

Award-winning 'Landscape Room'

'Made' Exhibition of architects' models at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre

On the roof at Susan and Diego's home

Welcome to Inspirational Homes

Plans are afoot for Inspirational Homes activities in 2017 including a Green-Door Festival so make sure you are subscribed to our newsletters (see link at top of home page) and watch this space!

Green-Door 2015 was a huge success and we would really like to repeat that this year. So, if you have a building or know of a building in the Leitrim/Sligo area that you think should be included, please do get in touch. We also welcome suggestions for events/talks etc. Email:

Green-Door 2015 was held over the weekend of August 28th-30th and attracted hundreds of people to Co's Leitrim and Sligo for a weekend packed with open-homes, talks, tours, workshops and exhibitions. Over 2,600 visits were made to homes, buildings and events over the three days.

Check out our photo gallery to catch a glimpse of the weekend.

This was all made possible thanks to the : Arts Council of Ireland, Heritage Council of Ireland, Design Ireland 2015, Leitrim Arts and the Community Diaspora Leitrim and the Government Policy on Architecture scheme. 

Out charity partner this year is the North West Simon Community - we are deligted to say that the grand total colected over the weekend was €1,486.80 which is fantastic!

The biggest thanks though goes to all the generous home-owners who were prepared to open their doors this year and share their experiences with you: THANK YOU ALL.

Inspirational Homes Leitrim documents and makes accessible the diverse ways of building tucked away in our landscape. We hope to facilitate the sharing of experiences, knowledge and skills amongst builders, homeowners, architects, self-builders and anyone with an interest in making sustainable the future of building in Ireland.

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Through the Green Door iDoc

An interactive documentary exploring eco-homes, self-building and architecture in the North West of Ireland.

We have recently been working wth filmmaker Róisín Loughgrey on a new exciting interactive documentary: ‘Through the Green Door’ based on four of the homes featured here. This ‘work in progress’ was showcased at the Harnessing Creatvity exhibition at the Leitrm Sculpture Centre. The Expanded Territories exhibition, was  launched by Alex Milton, Head of Year of Irish Design at the Leitrim Sulpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim and toured to the Catalyst Arts cetre in Belfast. More information on this project here:

An i-doc is an interactive documentary film viewed on the web where the narrative unfolds depending on what YOU want to see.  The idea of ‘Through the Green Door’ is to try to make the Green Door festival experience available to a wider audience. Interviews with homeowners, architects and builders and footage of inside houses allows the viewer to hear a wide range of stories about building, living and renovating in Co Leitrim.

The viewer has a choice of homes to visit, all very different from each other and each with its own story to tell. You click on the house you want to see and listen to an interview with the homeowners. From there you have other options: to hear an interview with the architect or builder, to take a virtual wander round the house or to go back and select another story.

We will be launching this documentary prior to Green Door 2015, watch this space!

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