Project Example - one off rural house

Private house on the Shannon  Ireland

O’Neill Consulting designed the original houses near Dromineer on Lough Derg in the early eighties as simple weekend or holiday houses as shown in the picture on the left taken at that time. They were the first houses in this location and enjoyed complete isolation. As Ireland grew in prosperity over the next 20 years further houses were built until the area was declared an area of National Natural Heritage in the current North Tipperary Development Plan, effectively freezing development in the area.

The original houses have been modernised and extended over this period as shown in the lower picture on the left of an ONC conservatory extension completed in 2004. ONC is currently engaged in completion of the plan shown below. It will add a two storey extension to the rear of the original house with additional accommodation including a 70m studio on the upper level with views south-west over the lake. The local planning authority’s design guidelines recommend ˜traditional’ architectural style in new rural housing. This has tended to result in poor imitations of Georgian houses. The architectural theme of this house is the organic way in which Irish farm buildings expand over time with each phase being clearly articulated and of its own period. It was granted full planning permission in 2003 as shown below. Completion is due in 2009

Don O'Neill, Architect, MRIAI
O'Neill Consulting
Dromineer, Nenagh, IRL
Tel. 087 673 8641 and 067 24311