New House on a Farm

The third generation of one family to make this land their home, this house takes its name from an imposing oak growing out of an ancient rath on the boundary of the field that is our site.

The clients wished to echo the vernacular language of the farm buildings but at the same time create a home that was strikingly contemporary. Corrugated fibre-cement board on the roof and upper walls echoes the metal and timber materiality of the adjacent farm, while the garage is construed as a barn in miniature – adding to, yet distinct from, the farmyard cluster.

At 240sq.m it is a compact house, yet the design makes optimum use of every inch of its one and a half storeys to provide open plan, interconnected, joyful interior spaces for this growing family, complete with reading nooks, child-friendly low windows and concealed storage in abundance.

Planning submitted: Late 2017