The picturesque north Leitrim area of Glencar is the location of this week’s Green-Door Leitrim Weekend house this week. Mark and Fiona’s house won an AAI architectural award in 2010 for its ’Landscape Room’ and was Highly Commended for Best Extension, RIAI Awards 2009. The refurbishment and extension involved complete spatial re-organisation, opening it up and improving natural lighting and circulation.
LiD architects say of their remit for the home: ‘’The main strategy was to break out from the restrictive form of the existing to create a “Landscape Room”, partly internal, partly external, orientated to the south-west, and surrounded by the landscape. The room was conceived as a sun-filled space, which can be used as a lounge, reading room, as well as dining- it is connected to the kitchen. A pond in the landscape room takes the rainwater from the roof and draws the eye and mind to a larger garden pond and, beyond it, to the lake itself.’’
Surrounded by woodlands, beautiful productive gardens and overlooking Glencar Lake this is a truly inspirational place to be.
This house will be open on Sunday, 11th September as part of the first Green-Door Leitrim Weekend. Tours will be led by the architect Deirdre McMenamin and the homeowners at 10am, 12 pm and 2pm. As with a number of homes open over the weekend, this house is open only for tours. Numbers are limited, pre-book at www.inspirationalhomes.ie
Inspirational Homes Leitrim has developed a local network of home-builders and renovators, architects, self-builders, suppliers and anyone interested in future-proof building in Ireland. Its aim is promote the sharing of skills, expertise, first-hand experience and knowledge of creative, progressive and sustainable building options, through a website and Green-Door Leitrim Weekend.
The first Green-Door Leitrim weekend is planned for the 9th-11th September 2011. Over 30 buildings and homes will be open throughout Leitrim ranging from the most modern to the most eco-friendly, they all offer examples of the way we can build into the future in Ireland.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.