Modern Irish House progress update

A modern take on a traditional Irish house design, 2020’s Charlottee Street project commenced on site in November 2016.

A residential house design, located in North Antrim, 2020’s Charlotte Street project is composed of two major components – a modern barn-like element amalgamated with a traditional single-story dwelling.  A protruding stone wall using McMonagle stone marries the two together, purposefully designed to provide a link between the traditional/modern components.

A mature building site, with extensive gardens, 2020 Architects purposefully designed the house to maximise the large, south-facing private garden which benefits from uninterrupted sunlight.  Triple glazed AluClad windows by Feneco Systems will maximise solar gain and massively dissipate noise.


Size of House; 3770sq/ft

Reception Rooms; 3

Bedrooms; 4

Bathrooms; 4

The uniqueness of this modern house design is the barn-like two-story element with its curved roof adopting a zinc roofing system by Edgeline Metal Roofing. 2020 Architects wanted to recreate a modern version of a traditional house style through the adoption of materials less commonly associated with residential buildings.  The entire shell is formed using a massive steel structure designed and constructed by A&P Structural Engineering.  This provides the structural support necessary to support the extensive double-height, open plan nature of the house – with a cantilevered balcony.

The zinc roof enables the property to discretely nestle into its location.  Zinc is a highly durable material, which is manufactured off-site.  As it is standing seam, it can be installed quicker than traditional metal roofs.

To offer a design contrast, the architects used traditional slate on the single story element.

Modern Irish house design
Steel work supports the double-height space

The two-storey component comprises a double-height space incorporating open-plan kitchen/dining and living with glazed access to the garden.  The single story provides the sleeping quarters – which open out to the private garden space.  Stone is used to connect the two elements, which is also visible internally providing a connected link.  The house also includes a ventilated heat recovery system by BPC Ventilation.

Larch timber cladding features on the main entrance wall to the house in order to break the elevation and creates a connected journey inside the house.  This adds to the rich blend of finishing materials with the main exterior finish being K-Rend white render.  Additional building suppliers, including Larch cladding, were provided on site by MacBlair.