The multi-generational house

Building a home is always an emotional process, and nowhere was this more the case than for Cary Thompson who built his in memory of his late mum.

How did the project come about?

This project was born out of the sadness and closeness our family felt after my mother’s death in 2009. We wanted somewhere which could be a new home for my father, a base and link with Northern Ireland for my brother and sister, their partners and kids, and a new home for Suzeanne and I and our growing family.

We brought that desire to John our architect and placed these requirements on him, which were more an emotional aspiration than a brief. He was our architect but also at times our counsellor too, teasing out what we actually wanted and helped us make informed decisions.


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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