Mark Stephens Architects included in best practice for Roscommon Rural House Guidelines

County Roscommon have just released their own Rural House Guidelines and we are proud to say that one of our projects has been included within it. You can see our example showing ‘Best Practice’ when extending properties and using flat Read More …

House design in rural Ireland #NarrowPlan

Rural House Guidelines – Narrow depth plans There are several consistent themes running through every County Council in Ireland regarding rural house design: • Simple plan forms • Traditional roof pitches (35-55 deg) • Narrow plan depth It’s this last Read More …

Planning application going in on this #Sedum #Roof #Passivhaus #Mayo

After a lot of pre-planning; we’re lodging the planning application on this unusual house next week: It has a stack of thinks I love in design: • Plan is to go fully Passivhaus Certified • Folded origami style roofs • Read More …

Protruding front gable features and Mayo Rural Housing Design Guidelines

I was asked to cast my eyes over a planning file recently for a potential client and this problem occurs frequently with designs from others; I thought it would be good to clarify the matter and to send over a Read More …

The Irish Rural House – Design Guidelines; new e-book – @55n features heavily

In 2011 I started writing a series of blog posts for a possible book on the design concepts for the Irish Rural House. The plan was to compile all the posts into a published book that gathers all the information Read More …

Planning Permission granted on these 2 designs…the secret of Mayo design is simplicity of form…

Just received confirmation of GRANT of planning permission of these 2 schemes: 1. New house near Ballina, County Mayo: 2. House extension to traditional Irish cottage, near Ballina, County Mayo: What’s interesting about these schemes is that they adhere to Read More …