Marlbank Road, Florencecourt, Co Fermanagh
Construction of a new-build replacement dwelling nestled among existing farm buildings and dry-stone walls in an elevated rural hilltop location close to the Marble Arch Caves. This project is located in a sensitive site, in an area of special scientific interest, which consisted originally of an un-remarkable 1960’s dwelling, (itself a replacement of an original thatched cottage farmstead) surrounded by a group of long-established quaint whitewashed rubble stone thrown-together agricultural buildings with painted corrugated iron or slate roofs, loosely linked together by a perimeter of moss-covered dry-stone walls, and surrounded by a sweeping landscape of mountains, pine trees, limestone rocks and pastureland. The house had been in the same family for generations, and so the siting of the new property was carefully considered. Familiar views and passageways around the farm that the retired owner had grown up with as a child were identified and maintained, and a new house was carved into essentially the same footprint as the original property, but the new dwelling was completely re-designed to maximise the hill-top panoramic views west over Enniskillen from the main living spaces and bedrooms, and to ensure that the principle living spaces benefitted from the best daylight available throughout the day.
The property was traditionally constructed using cavity blockwork walls, oil fired radiator heating, and using solar panels to provide hot water during summer months.