Helen Morgan

Architect Dominic Stevens Builds His Dream House For Under $33,000

by , 03/08/12

dominic stevens, self build houses, irish mortgage crisis, housing market, timber frame houses onduline, energy saving, sustainable building design

Many of us dream of one day designing and building our own house – and with economic issues ravaging many countries around the globe and ensuing mortgage crises, it’s not surprising that the self-build is becoming a more appealing option. Dubious about getting a mortgage in Ireland, architect Dominic Stevens decided a wooden self-build was the way forward. Armed with a simple design, a few friends, and around $33,000 (€25,613), Stevens started putting together his simple home over a single holiday weekend in his native Ireland. This 3-bedroom self-build project is now a reality just 100 miles from Dublin in County Leitrim, where the timber frame house blends into the surrounding landscape.

dominic stevens, self build houses, irish mortgage crisis, housing market, timber frame houses onduline, energy saving, sustainable building design

Stevens first started working on the project following his divorce a few years ago. Without the means to get on the housing ladder, he was looking for a way he could be within walking distance of his children. The answer was this cabin-like construction. Sustainably designed, the building comes with a lightweight roof and Onduline walls made from plants. The house appears surprisingly spacious, complete with three bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and living room, cleverly making the most of the humble floor space available.

From the outside, the construction looks simple and efficient, echoing the country’s traditional heritage of self-building. As it is small it should be pretty easy to heat so helps with energy saving, and it looks like a cosy space to spend a wet Irish winter. All said, we wouldn’t mind one of our own.

+ Irish Vernacular

Images courtesy of Dominic Stevens

Via The Guardian

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2 Comments

  1. GrahamC August 12, 2014 at 7:08 am
  2. hughsands36 February 6, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Interesting story. Are floor plans/areas available for this house? Also further details of materials used?
    Thanks.
    Hugh.

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