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Design of the Day

July 26, 2010

As we both work in the construction industry with my background specifically in design, we were anxious to get the aesthetic and layout of our house just “perfect” from the start – easier said than done I know!

We sat down together in the evenings and looked over doodles and sketches I’d thrown together during the day – whenever an idea entered my head, I quickly grabbed a pencil and put it on paper before forgetting.

However, we soon realised we had too many ideas and had to curtail our imaginations slightly and decided that we definitely wanted a split level house to make the most of the views which spanned three sides of the site, with quite a contemporary feel to it including lots of light and open spaces. As our site is in the countryside and is part of a rural planning area, guidelines had to be adhered to which in some ways dictated or perhaps guided our design.

After weeks of tweaking, we finally came up with a design we were happy with, spoke to our consulting engineer and decided we were ready to apply for planning permission.

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  1. July 27, 2010 5:09 pm

    Great that you are both in the construction industry – it must make it so much easier. We were pretty much delighted with the first set of plans our architect drew up for us – only a few minor tweaks but since moving in there are a few things I would change if I could. I am happy though as building gives you so much freedom. Cork has a great planning system too though – their guidlines are great whereas where we are you are pretty much at the mercy of the planner du jour! Our options here were very strict too – no mock Georgian McMansions in this neck of the woods 🙂

    • July 27, 2010 5:59 pm

      Thanks for the comment!
      Handy both being in the industry alright although too many cooks & all that sometimes 🙂
      Everyone says the same about afterthoughts which is why we spent to along designing and redesigning – we also asked loads of people for their thoughts!
      Cork does have a good planning system but that said, we were most certainly at the mercy of the planner (as you will see in further posts) and even more so because we’re building in a rural planning area so the development must be in-keeping with it’s surroundings etc and our design was a lot different from anything else around it!

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