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Weekly Blog on New Self-Build House, Tipperary

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 because the client had a background in design, Marian had done extensive research on the style and form which the building should take, but always said to me “That’s what we like, you design and we won’t influence you on your own style”. I locked myself away one Saturday and began to sketch; my job was made so much easier in one sense as I had a CD full of pictures that consisted of the styles that I was to be guided by. As a graphic designer Marian knew all too well the process of design, the blank page, the first scribbles, will that work there?, start again, more tea, then something happens, you like it and then develop it till it makes sense.
Then comes the scary bit of presenting your draft proposals to the client. I did about 5 initial elevation drawings. We sat down in the kitchen and went through the 5 designs with pros and cons for each of them. I left the meeting that day happy that they liked the proposals and one of the designs would be chosen.

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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 to get his views on what we proposed to submit in our planning application. This is a free service to the public, and allows the planner to review Ordnance survey maps of the area/ site, photographs and pictures of similar designs to which we were proposing to put on site. The meeting is conducted in a very informal manner, and afterwards the planner issues a reference number which will be submitted with planning application to detail what was agreed. I recommend this route for all one-off rural planning applications.

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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 which they had in mind were feasible to build a house on. One in particular was a beautiful elevated site with views to the south of Kilcooley Woods, this would be our first choice.

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