Barrel Roofed Extension: Sligo / Donegal coast line

While house hunting we fell in love with the panoramic views from this tiny derelict, coastal cottage,” explains Martin. “The
vista reaches across sand dunes and spans County Sligo’s Grange estuary and Donegal Bay.”

Not even the trees growing out of the ruin put them off. “We basically bought a pile of stones with ocean views,” he jokes. “I have estimated the date of construction to circa 1890, where it first appears on the historical online maps. Despite its age, it was not listed which meant we could go ahead and renovate the cottage in the first instance without planning permission.”

“The cottage floors were mud and cobble with some flags which sloped downhill towards the doors below. I was informed that the design here was to facilitate the livestock sleeping in the lower section and the slope aided washing out the waste through the doors in the morning. The occupants slept in the ‘uphill’ bedroom.”


Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild 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

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