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A new house designed to blend in with the existing rural buildings in the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. This is a Self-build project.



The clients needed a house for their growing family on their site located adjacent to the family landholding in the Dublin Mountains. The house needed to be designed to comply with the strict planning criteria applicable in the area. The clients intended building the house themselves using direct labour. 



The building is located in the most sheltered part of the field - close to the mature trees which form an impressive backdrop.


The narrow plan allows natural light to penetrate into all the rooms.  There are views from the upstairs bedroom windows across the city. No unnecessarily complex technology was employed which natural slate roof, granite window cills and details as well as off-white render are used.  New dry stone walls help to tie it back to the existing landscape.


The building follows an established typology of rural homes in the wider area which we believe creates a visually comfortable and recognisable architecture and which is ultimately satisfactory because it is familiar and publically understood.

rear view of house
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