We were pleased that the house at Warrenstown, Co. Meath was selected by Selfbuild magazine to be featured in their Spring 2015 edition…..
When Michael and Gráinne Keane got the opportunity to purchase a site and move to the country, they jumped at the chance. Living in Dublin at the time, the idea of relocating to County Meath (Grainne is from the area), and building their dream home was too good an opportunity to pass up.
It was a greenfield site and apart from some minor drainage issues, very little work was required before construction. The next step was to find an architect to translate their vision into reality. ‘We were keeping an eye on websites around Kildare and the Meath area in relation to planning applications. I also bought plans and saw one that I really liked by a Dublin architect.’ Michael then had an opportunity to meet Fergal at the Open Door event in Dublin organised by the Simon Community. ‘For a donation of €50 – architects give their services for free – I was able to talk with him for an hour and I just knew he was the right guy to do it. My wife then went to meet him and after that we hired him. I actually ended up seeing two architects but we just felt that Fergal was the guy for us. He asked us what we wanted, the style of house we were after, how we lived our lives and where we spent most of our time. He came to us with some sketches of the exterior, the interior and the lay-out and we straight away thought, that’s it! He also gave us a 3D view, it was so impressive to see all your dreams visualised in a drawing.’
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(Photography: Paul Lindsay)