Footings up

We opened the site June 2013, with excavation works starting on entrance and road up to site as per my landscape design layouts. The topsoil was stripped back and 4 inch stone was laid for the new road to enable site access. The next step was to dig out footings which were extra...
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Foundations poured

At an early stage it was decided to go the self-build route. The client had family members who were involved in the building industry, and a local engineer was engaged to project-manage the building. It was very important for us to achieve an “A” rated home so we looked at all...
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Load bearing walls dug out

The main cornerstone of design is 1. the budget 2. site constraints 3. planning law 4. aesthetics. It is with this in mind that we finalised and submitted for planning application. In order to submit the application I also needed to engage an Engineer to do soil test for...
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Entrance work starts

I my experience the most common criteria to look out for when choosing a site are 1. Is it in a historical / archaeological area 2. Are the sightlines to the road achievable to the NRA guidelines, (if not will I be able to take back a ditch / fence to achieve these, sometimes...
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The digging starts

There was positive feedback from the planner on all aspects of our proposal, it is with experience over the years that I have learnt to try and omit contentious aspects of design. There are some very good publications to which I refer for rural designs; one of the more popular...
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The Design

With a positive response from the planner I started my design. I tend to start out with the clients wish list on one side of the table, a blank piece of paper, eraser, pencil, a lovely cup of Barry’s tea and away we start the journey. This was a particularly challenging design...
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Existing old structure

The site itself had a lovely old building constructed of old granite and dated back well over hundred years. It was hoped to integrate this building into the new design. The first port of call was to the Local Authority Planning office to meet the planner for the area; we needed...
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Tipperary site

I first spoke to the clients when they were in the planning stage of there new build. Marian came across my website from a goggle search and liked the look of some of my previous work. I explained to them about some of the ground work they could do themselves, to see if the sites...
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