Niamh MacCabe

LMN35

INSPIRATION

Niamh approached LiD architects to help her design an extension for her traditional cottage. Originally built circa 1850 it was once the local shop.

Architect Deirdre McMenamin describes the design: 'The project involved the transformation of an existing dormer cottage with its small windows and low ceilings. The strategy was to retain the existing cottage intact and to build an autonomous form that would “park” itself at one end. The social areas of the house (kitchen and living) are relocated to the extension, a dramatic sun-filled space with views out to the site and surrounding hills, while the old cottage contains all the ancillary and private spaces. A large glazed cavity-slider turns the extension into a loggia when open and, through the removal of gable wall, transforms the old living room into a bright space orientated towards the landscape. The timber-framed extension relates to the rural site and to garden architecture rather than to the language of the existing cottage. The cladding experiments with the use of colour, with the tones of the vertical fibre-cement panels selected to pick out the changing colours of the surrounding landscape. Currently Under Construction.

 


TYPE OF HOUSE

Renovation and then an extension.


POINT OF INTEREST

This  ‘Butterfly house’  won the 2012 RIAI award for 'best extension' for LiD Architects.

This transformation of an existing dormer cottage into a larger family home is nestled in the Doon Lough landscape. They have retained the existing cottage and built on a dramatic sun-filled space with views out to the site and surrounding hills for the living areas. The timber-framed extension, beautifully relates to the rural site.


ECO ELEMENTS

  • Renovation of buildings
  • South and south-west glazing for solar gain
  • High insulation
  • Low impact on landscape

Forbo flooring systems


CREATIVE ELEMENTS

  • Wonderful open-plan kitchen and living area designed to suit her growing family's needs.
  • Subtle use of colour inside and out

ARCHITECT/DESIGN BY

LiD Architects/Dierdre McMenamin

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GARDEN

The Doon Lough landscape come right up to her door!


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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