Design Guide for Rural Northern Ireland
Finding the Right Site
The assessment of sites demands a professional approach. Your designer will be able to 'read' the landscape, identify the most likely locations and find alternative sites for potential development. Existing buildings are often an excellent starting point. With their developed sites and traditional design they fit into the landscape. Renovation of an existing dwelling or another building could provide a satisfactory design solution. Where additional accommodation is required, it can be provided by extensions. Sometimes existing buildings can be required, it can be provided by extensions. Sometimes existing buildings can be retained as out-buildings with the new dwelling integrated into the group. Even when the original building has fallen derelict or been demolished, a well defined site with mature boundaries can be capable of absorbing and integrating the proposed dwelling.
There may be other instances of such 'natural sites' where existing trees, hedgerows, buildings, slopes or other natural features provide a backdrop to development. Traditional settlement in the area may be of a characteristic pattern and this will give a clue to ways of fitting in new buildings.
The following sub-sections are included in this section: