We were engaged by the owner of a large derelict two-storey farm house to extensively refurbish the original structure and construct an extension of approximately the same floor area again. The original structure was completely gutted, the roof removed and the chimneys rebuilt.
Meanwhile, the foundations, floor slab and a reinforced concrete frame were provided for the added area at the rear.
The architect-designed project called for very high specification fixtures and fittings, along with a modern and very efficient energy centre, combining solar water heating and an efficient oil boiler with intelligent zoning and control. The ground floors of the old house were removed so that a fully zoned underfloor heating system could be installed throughout, the ultimate in comfort!
The plaster was completely removed from the old house as it was in poor condition. The stonework wasn't of a standard good enough to expose. The entire house was later rendered again in wet dash, a timeless and classic finish, and replacing what was there originally.
The interior of the old house was extensively modernised, with all new floors, ceilings and wall finishes. Heavy internal insulation combined with modern aluminium-clad timber windows ensured that heat was kept in. Yellow brick was salvaged from the old house, cleaned and used to build an arched surround for a solid-fuel stove in the sitting room.
At the rear, a generous area of glass ensures the kitchen and master bedroom are well-lit, and a spacious patio and balcony will make for some relaxing summer days.
The traditional wet dash finish mentioned earlier is mixed using lime, cement, white sand and 5mm stone. Wet dash is a time-tried and typically Irish finish, tested over the years in our harsh Atlantic climate. It retains its colour with time and will never need painting. Careful and tasteful landscaping really added the final touch to this magnificent country residence.