The clients are a couple who want to retire to a cottage in Mayo. The brief was to renovate and extend an existing cottage to bring it up to a modern and more comfortable standard of living for them as they age.


The initial design budget was €175,000 for the renovation/extension of the cottage.


The new design was informed by the existing rural context of the site, of its exaggerated site contours and ultimately the planners. The design resulted in a completely reworked plan of the existing house layout, maximising views and solar gain to the front of the site, with a two storey Barn extension to the rear, housing the sleeping accommodation.