As the faithful reader will know we have a grá for the three-roomed, traditional Irish Cottage. We have done numerous restorations, refurbishments and extensions to this ubiquitious, traditional architectural form across Ireland. It was of great interest therefore that I read of the forthcoming book on Marion McGarry on this very topic which should be out in October through Orpen Press.
But first, what is the traditional 3 room Irish cottage? Here’s a rough sketch of the typical form in our area (across Connacht):
Essentially the cottage has a central space which includes an ‘outshot’ typically slept in by Granny or grandad and two rooms either side. There’s a great description of the form HERE which explains the outshot in lovely detail together with typical construction etc…
What caught my eye in a recent tweet by Marion McGarry regarding her new book was although the form is similar across the country; the example below includes a ‘spy window’. You can also see that the large room to the right was divided equally into two rooms – this is also common in Connacht.
So what should you do if you have one, thinking of buying one or are looking to restore or extend one?
1. We’ve put a checklist together HERE that may help
2. You could take on an ‘Initial Consultation’ that gets you started on the right track; details on this are below:
3. If you’re thinking of extending or remodelling then you could take on the ‘iniitial design’ service we provide, details below:
4. Watch this space. We are about to roll out some ‘stock plans’ that give design drawings of great ways of extending your traditional Irish Cottage – details on this to follow…