Kilrea, County Derry
This bespoke family home adjacent to the River Bann nestles into the base of a steeply sloping hill, replacing a crumbling cottage which was previously sited there. In tandem with traditional Irish cottage design, the design involves two linear blocks of single room depth juxtaposed at 90 degrees. The building’s palette of materials has been restrained. A mix of three main materials are used: locally sourced basalt stone, charred larch timber cladding and white rendered walls. The charred timber-clad element of the building contains bedrooms and a family bathroom at first floor level, the master bedroom cantilevers out over the entrance porch to provide a sheltered entrance space at the front door. The white render ground floor base has a large utility room, cloaks, shower, WC, playroom and a spare bedroom. The pitched roof block finished in white render and basalt stone provides open plan kitchen, dining and living space with walk-in larder and a separate sitting room. An exposed oak truss roof structure and feature brick detailing adds character and warmth to the living areas.