I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now. As I have outlined in a few previous posts I am currently in the throws of organising a new build in Cork, Ireland. I’ve been reading through a lot of posts here…there are a lot with a lot of interesting experience here and much of it well documented. This in mind I thought I would post our story so far and perhaps give people a flavour for where we are at.
Part 1 – the background
I acquired a site in 2002 in my local area and went about getting planning permission. The house designed at the time was a pretty basic block to which I added bits and pieces over the numerous revisions. I was young and in no hurry to start building so I wanted to design the perfect house. Eventually I applied and got planning permission in 2005. That was after some arguing over my need for a house and whether I was from the local area or not. As I remember back there was months of documents and letters from various members of the community required and a little charm went along way .
However, I got turned down for a couple of mortgage applications, thankfully as it happened as my imagination had ended up designing a 460m2 house. The project got shelved but I did renew the planning permission so that I still had the option to build if required.
Life moved on as it does and I got married in 2012 and in 2013/2014 my wife and I revisited the idea of building on the site. We quickly ruled out the existing option as a young single man does not design a family home very well. The site itself is perched up on a hill about 180m above sea level and has an expansive view for about 50 miles. However the site faces North!!! I tried to revisit the original design early on but I was never comfortable with the final product. It was going to take an architect to keep me happy.
After trawling through the local architects' portfolios on line we came across a young architect who was reasonably priced and in our opinion had great vision. His approach was slightly bolder than my wife was happy with but she still loved his end products. The price was right and the deal was struck and we were up and running.
Part 2 – The Design
We gave the architect our budget and our wish list for a dream home. After a small bit of discussion the architect came up with his design for the site in Nov 2014, about 4 weeks after our first born had arrived into the world! ! Initially we were blown away with the design. It was exactly what we had asked for. But as we started living in the spaces in our minds eye there were certain things that were not quite right. These little doubts soon became big issues and after a discussion with the architect we agreed that it might be best to look at it again. We agreed that our brief hadn't included everything but he was willing to do it again for the same fee. Second time round the design did not disappoint. It was, in our opinion perfect apart from the fact there was quite a bit of glazing to the north. Not a problem per say but was going to require good windows and the rest of the home to be passive in approach (that's how I ended up here!!)
A new planning pack was created and as I had planning permission the process was very straight forward. We applied in June of this year and 12 weeks later we were granted planning and then the fun began. Below are sketch models the architect did for us. Next time I’ll go into our journey since then.
Edited by inchbyinch, 04 December 2015 - 04:28 PM.