Irish Farmhouse Renovation Specialists ?

Irish Farmhouse Renovation Specialists ?

Postby teak » Wed Jun 11, 2008 2:36 pm

Are there architects that specialise in farmhouse / country house renovations ?
There is a lot of farmhouses that were converted to 2 storeys (from long thatched cottages with attics) in the late 1940s/early 1950s.
They are now in need of further moderninsing.
Common problems include insulation of old stone walls, extensions/granny flats, direct access to lounge from outside (i.e. no need to go through old kitchen), optimisation of space, improvement of natural light to interiors, heating/hot-water re-arrangement, etc.
But the essential traditional farmhouse features would need to be respected.

Are there architects who really specialise in this kind of work, as opposed to try-their-hand types ?
Can anyone link me to such an architect's portfolio ?
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Re: Irish Farmhouse Renovation Specialists ?

Postby henno » Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:21 pm

teak wrote:Are there architects that specialise in farmhouse / country house renovations ?
There is a lot of farmhouses that were converted to 2 storeys (from long thatched cottages with attics) in the late 1940s/early 1950s.
They are now in need of further moderninsing.
Common problems include insulation of old stone walls, extensions/granny flats, direct access to lounge from outside (i.e. no need to go through old kitchen), optimisation of space, improvement of natural light to interiors, heating/hot-water re-arrangement, etc.
But the essential traditional farmhouse features would need to be respected.

Are there architects who really specialise in this kind of work, as opposed to try-their-hand types ?
Can anyone link me to such an architect's portfolio ?


is there a difference?
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Re: Irish Farmhouse Renovation Specialists ?

Postby teak » Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:24 pm

Several differences, such as :
1) Anyone calling her/himself a specialist would have a respectable number of previous jobs done in that particular area, with the portfolio/list of house addresses to display.
2) The relevant work done would be regarded respectably by people in general.
3) The architect offering her/himself as specialising would have a genuine interest in this type of building, as opposed to someone whose real interest lay in other types of buildings or, worse, in just seeing the job as simply more business and more money.
4) The architect would be socially congenial to the sorts of people who own and/or live in such houses.
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Re: Irish Farmhouse Renovation Specialists ?

Postby zelemon » Wed Jun 18, 2008 9:31 am

Kildare County Council have published a guidebook on renovating farmhouse that lists a number of practices that do such work
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Irish Farmhouse Renovation Specialists

Postby teak » Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:01 am

Thank you.
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Re: Irish Farmhouse Renovation Specialists ?

Postby woodsfisher » Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:32 pm

Hi did you find any specialists in this area, farmhouse renovation? I've been searching for similiar info but can't find anything.
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Re: Irish Farmhouse Renovation Specialists ?

Postby teak » Mon Sep 07, 2009 11:47 am

woodsfisher wrote:Hi did you find any specialists in this area, farmhouse renovation? I've been searching for similiar info but can't find anything.


If you're in Co Cork, then look at portfolio of M. Shanahan Associates.
If outside Co Cork, it may be easier to try and find local architect as they'll also know pecadillos of local CC.
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