This is an interesting job that’s finally got to site…
Pushed into getting the house up to wall plate level thanks to a planning expiry (5 years up in May), a one-off detached house outside of Westport, County Mayo. Quite a long planning saga:
– Outline planning granted (I didn’t do this one)
– Permission Consequent on Outline – refused
– Permission Consequent on Outline resubmitted & FI’d
– Permission Consequent granted
– Extension of planning time limit refused, I’m going to do a fuller blog post on this one.
One of the conditions that the Outline had was for the design to be single storey; there are a few ways to achieve this without it being just a big bungalow but the one we opted for was a traditional double pitch layout.
Found in numerous traditional buildings; the double pitch frequently arose when a building grew too small for it’s purpose and was extended alongside with the resultant double pitch format. Below is a school building on the way out to Sligo with exactly this type of layout:
Adopting this format allows you to have a larger floor area but the design is still single storey and the mass of the building is broken down nicely. I also redesigned our neighbour’s (Mary) house in a similar style but at a storey and 1/2 with roof lights to front and rear.
The use of the double pitch is therefore not unique; there is an excellent contemporary example nearby done by Paul Keogh Architects:
So,back to our project: the ground has been broken, we’ve done a provisional set out to check location and I’m doing a detailed check of formwork setting out (for the foundations) this week.
I’ll keep you updated with ‘in-progress’ photos on each visit. Below is the cut we’ve made to get the house down to level required by planning.
More to follow…