A countryside carbon neutral home


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Nicola Waddington RSUA/RIBA:

A husband and wife team leads this architectural practice; it’s therefore no wonder they built themselves a carbon neutral home – replete with photovoltaic roof slates – to reflect their contemporary style and countryside location…

Build cost: £400,000

Anything unusual?

The orientation of the house makes the most of sunlight and gives beautiful views of the valley. Liberal use of timber detailing in window seats and ceiling finishes and the unfinished natural plaster walls give the house warmth as a family home. Cheaper materials have been used to great effect such as birch faced ply paneling on the ceilings of the childrens’ bedrooms.

Windows are varied and relate to their framed views, contrasting between oak framed and revealed window-seats set deep into the wall, and projecting frameless glazing sheeted externally in zinc. Internally, groups of niches specifically designed for objects and fireplaces create focus points, becoming part of the furniture of the rooms.

Favourite design feature

The house has been designed to create a series of surprises – curved oak barrel doors reveal a white concrete stair leading up to the lookout tower; the long gallery leads to a library overlooking the main living space; hiding places and peep-holes abound. These spaces give a sense of childlike joy as the house is explored -the circular tower really catches the imagination of all young visitors!

Favourite room

The whole open plan ground floor is a much used and loved family living space.

Waddington McClure Architects

56 Monree Road, Donaghcloney, BT66 7LZ

Tel: 02892 693922

Email: info@waddington-mcclure.co.uk


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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie


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