The Dirr,


This project involved the extension and renovation of an existing cottage.

The existing house was a late 19th century 2-storey cottage, located within farmland on the Wexford-Duncannon ‘New Line Road’.

The design concept was to modernise the existing cottage while retaining its strong traditional form, and connect it with a new contemporary extension to the rear via a 2-storey glazed link. The decision to form the new extension with a striking curved roof profile and clad it with corrugated sheeting proved to be highly successful in adding emphasis to the old meets new, while providing historic reference to the property’s agricultural heritage. The orientation of the extension provides the occupiers with stunning views across south County Wexford and optimum daylight within the living spaces. The juxtaposition of the old and new buildings creates a south-west facing private courtyard space behind the original cottage, and sheltered away from the public road.

The new extension is constructed as a low energy dwelling with a high specification timber frame system, which guarantees an extremely air tight envelope. The original cottage was completely renovated with new floors, roof and walls insulated & dry-lined. New high performance aluminium and PVC windows have been fitted throughout.

The extension and remodel was completed in 2018.