Modern rural house.
Complete new build, including all external works, carried out to client’s specification.
This contemporary dwelling is situated in the gentle rolling farming land on the outskirts of Donaghmore, Co Tyrone. Four-bedroom house that responds to modern family living patterns, including a large modern open-plan living space and a series of cellular spaces to maintain a ‘homely’ aspect to family living. Complete new build including all external works carried out to client’s specification.
The building consists of two simple vernacular profiled pitched roof forms slightly skewed of axis, and connected by a simple flat roof element at the elbow, so that the dwelling opens up to the views across the surrounding landscape whilst also maximising the natural sun path for sustainable reasons. It is within the linking element, characterised by a two-storey central void, that creates a sense of arrival.
The separation and placing of the forms, along with the link, is the perfect solution in dealing with the rising topography of the site. From the outset the simple yet strong geometries of the vernacular profiled pitched roof forms where organised and refined according to plan, topography and orientation of the site. The single storey block constitutes as the main living area, which connects to an outdoor living area maximising south western sunshine, is situated at the higher end of the topography. The two-storey block houses the bedrooms and ancillary functions and deals with the rising contours across the site.
The palate of materials is minimal and restrained lending from the surrounding tradition of vernacular buildings.Walls are smooth white render whilst eaves are minimal and clipped. The pitched roofs are finished with slates with the connecting element crafted from dark zinc flashing. Stone has been used sparingly in areas of retaining and where it peals away from the front of the building to form the entrance to the dwelling.