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We moved to Ireland with the notion of building our "dream" home in May 2007 after purchasing the site earlier on that year. Mr C is Irish and originally from Limerick but he remains in the UK during the week, his job is running www.cruise.co.uk and earning the bucks that will hopefully allow us to "live the dream."

It's taken us almost two years but ground will be broken on the site by the end of May 09!! A lot of blood, sweat & loads of tears (all mine!) have gone into this project already, we left a fabulous house behind in Newcastle...and now for my Kevin McLeod bit, "can the new build can live up to my expectations and the old house we left behind"? I'm not sure...keep watching my blog and you'll find out!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

House Plans May 2009

Front & East side Elevations

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The front of the house faces north, so we tried to keep the windows here to a minimum and fairly small (well compared to the rear of the house anyway).

We were pretty much dictated to by Limerick Planning Dept as to the style of house they would allow, hence the fairly traditional front elevation. We also had to remove all side windows at first floor on the east elevation to keep them happy too, they will allow us to keep the bathroom window (no fun washing in the dark!) as long as it is opaque. The rest of the windows are velux style roof lights.

Rear & West side Elevations

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As the back of the house faces south we have LOADS of glass and solar panels too, the plan here to make the most of solar gain....not sure how that will work in the land of the grey sky though. The planners didn't mind the less traditional rear, playing the "ecofriendly" card seemed to work well as a tactic here.

First Floor Layout

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All the bedrooms on the first floor have vaulted ceilings.
Myself and Mr C have bedroom suite 1, Amelia gets bedroom suite 2 with Orla & Eve having bedrooms 3 & 4 with a shared connecting bathroom. Also have an upstairs laundry room and a mezzanine room (can't decide what we'll use that for yet) which over looks the games/play room below.

Ground Floor layout

I am probably most excited about the kitchen/dining/family layout on the ground floor....this should be like Butterlaw Farm just on a larger scale, oh and with lots more light and higher ceilings! There is also a walk-in pantry and utility. We have 2 downstairs guest bedrooms (bookings will open soon for Aug 2010!!), games room and a lounge.

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