I meet with Bryan & Geraldine in their old bungalow in Ardmanagh, Schull. This house was only 400 meters from my house & office, so I was familiar with this property.
Sea views
From the start Bryan & Geraldine had a good idea what they wanted to achieve with this design and what their budget would allow. They wanted a bit of a wow factor and to make the most of the sea views! I was given a design brief and a few weeks later the proposed alterations and extensions were agreed and planning permission was granted six months later. Working drawings and tender documents were completed shortly after & PJ O’ Donovan Construction, Skibbereen was appointed the builder.
Construction of a ‘sunken lounge’
It was an interesting project with many difficult construction details – mainly the split level height difference between the old and the new structures and a sunken lounge (at the request of the clients) within the new structure, together with the vaulted high ceilings and associated structural steel details. The clients moved in 9 months after the commencement date.
We carefully chose a local builder (Mark McCarthy – Skibbereen) who was capable of dealing with this delicate old building and the integration of the new build around same.
I enjoyed this project as the more we were told to knock the old building, the more determined I became to keep the old walls and the character of the original dwellinghouse.


Planning / Design / Project Management