have you explored the influences behind the evolution of the cottage, the implications of window taxes etc on the design evolution of what we refer to as a 3 room cottage, the half door being abandoned, the introduction of building materials as apposed to the date of their introduction.
It is my opinion that Irish cottages and their design have been formulated by norwegian, and north european influences early in our history..
it would be great to see a research linked graph of change V acknowledge design standards to pinpoint the year that the cottage became "Vernacular" ... and why as a country are we trying to echo this "date" by introducing such things as cross bar windows with bungalow bliss type structures ?
Dates & Facts may prove that our home grown architectural vernacular isnt ours at all!..
why has our definition of Vernacular not altered and when was the term introduced as a means of judging precedent ? ...big questions , big answers, honesty about our architectural history will show a pattern of repetative structures and the discouragement of change ... not something to be promoted