This house is located on an exposed site in a dramatic Atlantic setting. It has large windows facing the sea with panoramic views of 20 miles of Coastline from Croagh Patrick to Clare Island. In an area of high rainfall the house width is kept at one room deep to allow windows on several sides of each room. This maximises penetration of sunlight into the interior and the narrow width reflecting a traditional house dimension of the area allows for a lower less bulky roof design. The plan is compact and most of the volume of the roof is used to reduce the impact of the dwelling on the site. The house site is cut into the hill, again reducing its impact on the landscape, but also to provide shelter from Atlantic storms.
2005 Galway County Council – “Design Guidelines for the Single Rural House”