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McCartney House Detailed Survey

Posted on 26/05/2021

The McCartney, Bell and Glover vernacular houses form an 18th century linear clachan and farm complex in County Antrim.  The houses are graduating from a four-bay lobby entry to a single bay direct entry, two of which remain as thatch under tin.  All are listed and all are at risk.  The site is an outstanding example of the development of the Ulster farm from the late 18th century (and perhaps earlier) to the end of the 20th century. The Practice undertook a conservation condition report on all three houses and their farm buildings to determine their condition and then suggest … Read more McCartney House Detailed Survey

Andrew Jackson Cottage Restoration

Posted on 22/05/2019

The Andrew Jackson homestead is a listed, direct entry, central hearth, vernacular cottage, dating from the mid-18th century, constructed of stone set under a thatch roof. The cottage serves as a visitor centre celebrating the ancestry of the 7th President of the United Sates (1829-1837), whose parents emigrated from the townland in 1795. The Practice undertook a detailed condition survey of the cottage in 2016 and this identified issues with the structure and its fabric and on the back of that, Mid and East Antrim Council decided to proceed with a scheme of repair and restoration. The design and on-site … Read more Andrew Jackson Cottage Restoration

Frizzell’s Cottage Conservation

Posted on 11/10/2018

Frizzell’s Cottage is a Grade B2 listed building, which stands at the entrance to the 17th century Ardress House near Portadown and is a rare surviving example of a mud walled thatched dwelling which is believed to have been originally constructed around 1740, with a few later alterations in the 1950s. Last occupied by two elderly sisters called Frizzell, the cottage lay uninhabited for approximately 30 years, seeming to all intents and purposes an unremarkable pebbledash cottage with a corrugated iron roof covering and a 1950s flat roof rear extension. As the building fell into a state of disrepair, it … Read more Frizzell’s Cottage Conservation

Dunroe Cottage Alteration and Restoration

Posted on 28/06/2018

Dunroe Cottage is one of the last 12% of a disappearing rural vernacular building, located in an isolated rural area, south of Augher, Co Tyrone. The cottage dates from before 1837 and is best described as a single-storey, direct-entry central hearth cottage with later additions. The cottage is centred on a kitchen with its characteristic hearth at one end and entrance door at the other. A small projecting front porch provides the only break to the main elevation. Byres are provided either side of the cottage. An American couple purchased and wanted to restore the cottage to provide modern living … Read more Dunroe Cottage Alteration and Restoration