23rd September 2019

The Steadings

The heavily wooded site originally accommodated a single dwelling when the owners, Ted and Anne McCracken, appointed Todd Architects to maximise the housing potential and negotiate an enhanced Planning outcome.

Whilst the existing trees on the site were not protected, they were retained and a topographical and arboricultural survey commissioned to position each tree and record species and condition.

Given market conditions, the design evolved as a series of houses of simple rectangular form thereby minimising construction costs but emulating the simple shape of a stable, creating a desirable and definitive marketable commodity.

This simple form also enabled placement amongst the mature trees, whilst twisting each house through 90 degrees on its axis created a sense of individuality and series of interesting spaces.

This arrangement was further enhanced by the addition of garage buildings of an equally simple form, all with monopitched roofs serving each dwelling. The resulting design for 13 houses received unanimous accolades from Downpatrick Planning Service and exceeded all expert expectations when placed on the market, achieving up to 50 % more than the asking price.

Project Architect: Liz Russell,
Project Director: Barrie Todd