Ballycullen, near Ashford, Co. Wicklow
The design of this low-energy house is based on a traditional farmhouse, except with the addition of a long verandah that links inside to outside, the house to its setting. Ultimately this verandah will continue on past the end of the house where the ground falls away, becoming more independent of the house, like a pier or a treehouse.
Two tall Douglas Fir trees that had been blown down in a storm lay exactly where the house now stands. Their wood is used for the floorboards.