Old House New House

Donoghue Corbett Architects, Loughrea, 2011

 

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  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor and roof plan    
  • Sections    
  • Section and elevation    
  • Section and elevation    
  • Demolition plan    
  • Existing elevations    
  • Existing farmyard    
  • Existing Farmyard from first floor house window    
  • Existing return is demolished    
  • Existing return is demolished    
  • Slab is poured for extension    
  • Steel frame for extension is erected    
  • Steel frame for extension is erected    
  • Timber stud infill erected    
  • Timber frame covered in DPM and counterbattens    
  • Battening and cladding to rear entrance    
  • Timber framing to internal spaces    
  • Openings to orchard are taking shape    
  • Sheathing to counterbattens, form is sharpening    
  • Internal plasterboard erected    
  • Sliding gate    
  • Detail    
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  • Fitted furniture    
  • Fitted furniture    
  • Fitted furniture    
  • Fitted furniture    

Refurbishment and cedar-clad extension of 1920s concrete farmhouse in rural West of Ireland

This cedar-clad extension is an insertion into an existing traditional farm complex in rural County Galway. By reorganising the house and site, a new entrance courtyard is formed, and the south-facing garden & orchard is directly addressed by the main living spaces.

It is a discreetly-lit, sculpted counterpoint, containing an open plan kitchen, dining area and seating area, to the more rigid, cellular interior of the existing refurbished house, achieved through material selection, building form and spatial truth.

When viewed from the road, it is read as one element in a composition of roofs. The untreated cedar cladding gives texture and along with the charcoal grey aluclad windows, sharpens the building profile while the ageing fabric subtly ensures that the original house dominates.

Data

  • Begun: Jun 2010
  • Completed: Apr 2011
  • Floor area: 180m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £158,000
  • Funding: Mortgage
  • Tender date: Apr 2010
  • Procurement: RIAI Articles of Agreement (Blue) where quantities do not form part of the contract
  • Address: Clostoken, Loughrea, Loughrea, Co. Galway, Ireland

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