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Multi- Family Home Extension- A New Approach to Traditional Rural Housing

Rural families in Ireland have a strong tradition of building houses on family land. This goes to the core of rural life in Ireland; it can be extremely difficult to create the life you want in a sparsely populated rural area and all young people face a tough choice to stay or go. Having the space and permission to build an affordable rural home can tip the balance in favour of staying in the local community. In late 2014, we were approached by a family who had lived in the same rural place for three generations. Our clients were a family of five: a newly married couple with a baby,...