Frank Clinton

LMN30

INSPIRATION

Frank isoriginally from Dromahair and wanted somewhere to come home to at weekends, from Dublin. He bought the site for the views. It is a one acre plot along a lane with a number of other houses.

He wanted to build something stylish and that took advantage of the views across Dromahair. He had heard of Ghislain Luthers and asked him to have a look at the site. He had also had a look at other work that Ghislain had done.  It is a very, very steep site. Ghislain decided to put the house away from the road, running perpendicular to it so that the house jutted out over the field and left a hedgerow to the left untouched and added to the biodiversity of the site.
Frank loved the design that Ghislain came up with straight away except that it was too expensive / big so it was changed and made smaller, from 1700 ft2 to 1400ft2.
As it is at the moment a holiday home, he wanted it to be easy to heat and to have as much solar gain as possible. Thus, lots of south facing windows which are great at heating the house.
The designthat GHislain Luthers acme up with is a barn shape and fits in with the farming landscape.


TYPE OF HOUSE

New, modern building


POINT OF INTEREST


ECO ELEMENTS

  • Designed to fit in with the site and with  keeping the hedgerow.
  • They had  to do a horticultural report on the site for planning. 
  • Solar gain through windows.

CREATIVE ELEMENTS

Unusual modern design yet which fits well into the farming landscape through the shape of the roof : barn shape and colour. The timber on the outside also blends with the countryside. Inside a very modern design and high spec finish throughout. Luthers' exacting standards mean that the skill of the workmen is apparent througout the building.  from the handcrafted stairs to the precise large windows.


ARCHITECT/DESIGN BY

Ghislain Luthers

BUILDER

Chosen by Ghislain: Lifespace, Barna Tri Ri. Site management by Ghislain Luthers.


MATERIALS

 

    Insulation lots
from France, windows from France. built the kitchen.

Foundations  steel frame and concrete pillars
Walls precast concrete
Roof  stainless steel,wood and fabric to minimise the noise

Finishings:  staircase and windows

                   Kitchen 

from France

Dicky Gabel

   

 

MATERIALS
Foundations steel frame and concrete pillars
Walls  precast concrete
Roof  stainless steel, wood and fabric to minimise the noise
Insulation lots
Finishings staircase from France, windows from France. Dicky Gabel built the kitchen.


HEAT SOURCE

Oil fired heating, will switch to rapeseed/biodiesel when available. Also a wood burning stove in the centre of the living room.


WATER SOURCE

Mains


WASTE

Klargester


GARDEN

Field up to and under his home.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Cost: A lot of time was spent holding the architect’s reins to stop him from over-spending. Frank was really keen to keep everything within the budget. Found that hard to do.
  • Time scle: Had the land 2006. Planning by end of 2007. Build from Jan2009 – Jan 2010. Moved in April 2010.
  • Satisfaction rating: Very high
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