This project is a new build in a rural setting in Midelton Co Cork. The site design was a challenge as the site was an open field in a rural context with no constraints other than an existing stone barn which needed to be made good as a planning requirement. The existing barn had charm and was incorporated into the site design to add a sense of enclosure to an open forecourt in front of the new build and flanked by high garden walls on either side of the court. The site design was carefully considered so as the siting of the house would not be suburban in nature in an Irish rural context.
The client expressed an interest in a blend of old and new design styles. An “old “style farm house incorporates a cosy living room at the front of the house on the left side of the entrance while the guest rooms are on the right. Bedrooms are all located upstairs at the front of the house. On entering the home there is a strong visual axis to the rear garden where there is an open area of living dining and kitchen orientated towards the south and the views. This open plan area is terminated by a self-contained play room with a vaulted high ceiling just off the main kitchen /living area.
To whom it may concern,
Edel’s positive, enthusiastic and personable approach gave us the assurance that she was someone we could easily work with for our new build in Ballinacurra, Midleton.
We described what we wanted from our new home in terms of working for our lifestyle and family life, however we were amazed at how Edel’s very first design concept was our perfect home. This is a testament to how well Edel listens to her clients and can bring their thoughts and ideas to life.
We wanted a house with a sense of space downstairs and integrated the landscape; a house that was rural and complementary to its setting. Edel more than delivered on this for us. Edel gave us a home that is a pleasure to return to; a joy for the family and friends; and with a design that is what it is meant to be- beautiful, functional and restful.
From a technical perspective Edel also delivered regarding insulation, windows, heat recovery, and an environmental heating system. The details again in the technical aspects are there. For example, the stunningly designed overhangs on the large windows which not only enhance the view, are visually appealing but also functionally limit radiant heat.
There isn’t a day we don’t reflect how lucky we are to have such a home.