progress at Tuaisceart – our own contemporary newbuild in photos

After 18 months of building, some stress, much fun and lots of thinking and planning we’ve finally been able to move into Tuaisceart, the house we designed with Keith Makinson RIBA for ourselves in West Donegal. It took ten years to find a suitably private waterfront location with views…and we hope we’ve succeeded in building a house that compliments its landscape.
It isn’t finished yet – lots of dressing, landscaping etc…but we moved in last night!

Conserving an historic underthatch

The thatch on this granite shed had long rotted to grass before we came along….and given its exposed Atlantic location rethatching isnt viable at c1000 euro per year of thatch life…..but we have repaired the collapsed section using historic material from a long lost roof….and capped the rest in a tin roof for posterity. We will paint it oxide green when we finish.

The difference a bit of UTT red photos

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This week we’re painting the tin roof of Miki’s cottage oxide red…our most commonly used gloss colour. Makes a difference eh? Cottage will launch this summer. Has own beach!